Nephew of Chen Guangcheng Arrested for Voluntary Manslaughter
(NEW YORK) -- The nephew of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, as reports of revenge and retaliation against lawyers surface, the Guardian reports.
A senior lawyer defending Chen told the Guardian that he lost his hearing after being beat by a security official while trying to visit Chen in the hospital last week. Chen's escape from house arrest last month has drawn international attention to China's repressive security policies, and although he is assured of his own safety, there is mounting fear for the well-being of his family and lawyers, the paper says.
His nephew, Chen Kegui, is facing 10 years in prison to the death penalty for attacking intruders with a knife who burst into his home to search for his uncle, according to the Guardian.
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