It was a year ago when Professor Liu Xiaobo was detained for his role in leading the "Charter of 08" movement in China. He was in a state of legal limbo for a while before being formally charged with subversion in June. Yet he continued to be kept out of public sight as the official "investigation" dragged on.
Guardian reported that his case is now sent to prosecutors, signaling the end of the investigation phase. It's not clear whether a trial is imminent. Liu Xiaobo's lawyer was quoted in the report saying that "over the next month and half, prosecutors also have the options of ordering additional investigations or throwing out the case."
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