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[e-money] Press Review IV: E-mail trail
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Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 14:37:56 +0100
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wired news on 16 dec 1998 pst
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China Delays Net Trial
7:35 a.m. 25.Nov.98.PST
SHANGHAI -- China has delayed the closed-door
trial of a man accused of using the Internet to
undermine the state, and on Wednesday his wife
called for an open court hearing.
Lin Hai, a 30-year-old computer engineer, had
been scheduled to go on trial on Thursday. He is
accused of inciting subversion of state power, but
a Shanghai court has postponed the case
indefinitely, said Lin's wife, Xu Hong.
"They did not say when it might get underway,"
Xu told Reuters. "When it starts, I would want it to
be in open court so there would be public
Lin, who was arrested in March, has been accused
of using the Internet to send tens of thousands
of email addresses to VIP Reference, a dissident
publication based in the United States. If
convicted, he could face up to life in prison.
The case was to be heard in a closed-door
session at the Shanghai Number One
Intermediate Court. Even the defendant's wife
was to be barred from court.
"Of course I believe I should be at the trial," Xu
said. "But the hearing should be open to the
public as well."
The court offered no explanation for its sudden
decision to postpone the hearing, but Xu said it
could be a result of international interest in the
case. The case has been ignored by the official
Chinese media but has attracted widespread
Some 1.2 million Chinese are on the Internet,
and the total is expected to reach 5 million by
2000. The government has embraced the
Internet, but so have a number of dissident
VIP Reference, one of many dissident
publications that have sprung up online, says it
sends information to 250,000 email accounts in
China from various email addresses in the United
Court documents called VIP Reference a hostile
foreign organization, and claimed it used data
provided by Lin "to disseminate large numbers of
articles aimed at inciting subversion of state
power and the socialist system."
Lin ran a now-defunct software company that set
up Web sites and provided job searches for
multinational companies. His supporters say he
frequently exchanged or purchased email
addresses to build up a database for his online
job search business.
Copyrightę 1998 Reuters Limited.
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