Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, has been seen in public for the first time in over two and half years, as she was transported to the trial of her brother Liu Hui.
Democracy activist Wang Zhongxia tweeted the above photo, along with a message from Liu to her supporters: “Tell everyone I’m not free. I miss you all. Thank you for your support.”
Liu has been under house arrest since her husband was awarded the Nobel peace prize in October 2010. In December 2012, activists managed to break through the security cordon that surrounds Liu’s apartment in Beijing, releasing a video of the jailed artist and writer, who has never been convicted of any crime.
Liu Hui is currently facing accusations of fraud in a property dispute in a trial that the defendants and their supporters say is politically motivated.
The Guardian reports:
[A] diplomat added that Liu looked physically well but was clearly emotional – leaping up and down when she first spotted the people waiting outside.
She was allowed to lunch nearby with her brother’s lawyers, Mo Shaoping and Shang Baojun, but the restaurant was surrounded by police who prevented anyone from approaching.
Liu added: “I love you – I miss you,” before she was driven away.