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Angry China insists Nobel winner is a 'criminal'

Friday, October 08, 2010 05:41:18 PM, DPA

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Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo wins Nobel Peace Prize

Jailed Chinese dissident and writer Liu Xiaobo has been awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced in Oslo Friday. Liu was unanimously chosen for his long-standing struggle for human rights in China, Committee   

Beijing: China reacted with anger to news of Friday's award of the Nobel Peace Prize to dissident writer Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for subversion.

"Liu Xiaobo is a criminal sentenced by Chinese judicial organs due to his violation of Chinese law," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"His actions are against the purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize," the statement said.

"The Nobel Committee's award of the Peace Prize to such a person is totally contrary to the aim of this prize and also seriously disrespects the peace prize," it said.

The statement warned that the award of the prize in Oslo would also "bring harm to China-Norway relations".

Liu was arrested in December 2008, two days before he and 300 other dissidents released the Charter '08 for democratic reform.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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