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China to try U.S.-based Falun Gong member

A Chinese court said Tuesday it would put an American citizen on trial later this month on charges of disrupting government television and radio broadcasts – accusations apparently related to his ties to the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement. Charles Li, of Menlo Park, Calif., will be tried March 21 for “sabotaging state broadcasting equipment,” said an official of the Yangzhou Intermediary Court in the eastern province of Jiangsu. U.S.-based Falun Gong organizers have identified him as a follower of their group. The court official, who gave only her surname, Jiang, provided no other information about the charges or trial. However, the charges appeared to be related to the hijacking of Chinese cable and satellite television broadcasts by Falun Gong followers to show videos protesting the Chinese government ban on their group. Full Story

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