From BBC (emphasis added),
Leading Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been jailed for 11 years for “inciting subversion of state power”, after a trial condemned in the West. […]
Mr Liu is a prominent government critic and veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests.
A writer and former university professor, he has been in jail since 2008, after being arrested for writing a document known as Charter 08.
The charter called for greater freedoms and democratic reforms in China, including an end to Communist one-party rule.
Mr Liu is the only person to have been arrested for organising the Charter 08 appeal, but others who signed it have reported being harassed.
Rights groups suspect the date of the verdict, Christmas day, was chosen to reduce international attention to the case.
Diplomats from the United States, Canada, Australia and several European countries were among those who stood outside during Liu’s trial Wednesday, after they were denied entry to the court house.
China has denounced the foreign diplomats for what it calls “meddling.” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters Thursday that Liu is a Chinese citizen and, as a result, his case is an “internal” affair.
Liu has been in detention for more than a year for his role in writing the pro-democracy manifesto called “Charter 08.”
The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that China’s prosecution of Liu is an action “uncharacteristic of a great country.” A State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley, said the U.S. will continue to have frank discussions with China about human rights and China’s future.
Prof. Liu Xiaobo YouTube video at PEN American Center,
An earlier AP report,