Oct 19, 2012 01:55 PM

Flying Splinters


(Haikou) – The sense that Liu Futang had walked into foreboding territory came just before his arrest in October. On his microblog, an entry began with "If one day, I'm invited out for tea, please don't worry about me," referring to a common euphemism for secret police interrogations.

Liu stands accused of publishing, selling, and giving away five books written by him related to environmental protection in Hainan, all of which constituted illegal business practices, say prosecutors. Others indicted include officials and employees of the publishing companies involved.

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