Wife of Chinese Liu Xiaobo Nobel Prize 2010 for Peace winner is missing

By on Oct 10, 2010 in International, Politics, World Comments

The wife of Chinese Liu Xiaobo Nobel Prize 2010 for Peace winner is missing, according to international news.

Liu Xia, the wife of Liu Xiaobo who won on Friday as the winner for the Nobel Prize 2010 for Peace award, was said to be unable to reach by Xiaobo’s lawyers, reports say.

There were reported speculations that Liu Xia disappeared when under police custody just moments after the Nobel Committee announced that her dissident husband was the winner for the Nobel Prize 2010 for Peace.

“We have been unable to contact her, so we do not know where she is,” lawyer Ding Xikui told AFP, according to news.

“We are concerned about her safety. We believe that they (police) are taking her to see Liu Xiaobo, but we have no way of confirming this.” Xikui added.

The Jinzhou jail in northeast China‘s Liaoning province, where Liu Xiaobo is serving an 11-year sentence for alleged subversion is only restricted to officials or residents living in the area.

Police and officials blocked the roads and refused to tell journalists why they were not permitted to approach the prison, but politely told them to leave the area.

Phone calls to the said prison are also not being answered, reports say.

Earlier, the China government accused the Norwegian Nobel Committee for violating its own principles by honoring ‘a criminal’.

There were also reports that Chinese state media promptly made news black-out about this news, and the government blocked websites that have reports about the Nobel Prize.

The Chinese foreign minister was also reported to have warned the Nobel Committee not to award Liu Xiaobo since it might affect the relationship between the two countries.

According to the Nobel Committee, Liu Xiaobo who sentenced in 2009 was awarded for his ‘long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China’.



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