Associated Press in Beijing
March 30, 2006
China plans to try four men who protested the theft of funds earmarked for resettling people in the massive Three Gorges Dam project.
China plans to try four men who protested the theft of funds earmarked for resettling people in the massive Three Gorges dam project, human rights and environmental groups said on Friday. He Kechang, Ran Chongxin, Jiang Qingshan and Wen Dingchun were arrested in mid-March after they planned to deliver petitions to Beijing alleging misuse of resettlment funds by local officials in Chongqing, upriver from the planned dam, Human Rights Watch and Probe International said in a joint statement. They are charged with disturbing public order, leaking state secrets and maintaining illicit relations with a foreign country ‚Äì an apparent reference to their contacts with Hong Kong media, the groups said. Their trial could begin as early as next week. Four others who planned to join the protest fled. A police official in Chongqing’s Yunyang country confirmed the four were jailed there, but said he didn’t know what they were charged with or when they would be tried. The man gave only his surname, Jiang. Yunyang was the site of earlier reported attacks on resettlement offices by hundreds of disgruntled local residents and relocated former residents.
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