Jailed China dissident's wife decries injustice in letter to Chinese President Xi

Liu Xia, wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, looks out of a car window after a trial outside a court in the Huairou district of Beijing June 9, 2013.

BEIJING, CHINA - The wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has written an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, protesting against her house arrest and her brother's jailing, which activists have called official retribution on the family.

Liu Xia's hand-written letter was posted in photos to Twitter by a lawyer for the family on Friday, days after a Chinese court jailed her brother, Liu Hui, for 11 years on fraud charges.

"Under today's rule of law, what we should see from state authority is justice and not ruthless suppression based on violence," Liu wrote to Xi, denouncing the sentence as unjust.

"Based on my experience, the 'China Dream' you advocate has become the China nightmare," Liu said, referencing a political slogan employed by Xi, who took over as president in March and as head of the ruling Communist Party last year.

Supporters of Liu Hui say his case was trumped up, aimed at thwarting the increasing attention by the rights community on the plight of Liu Xia, who has been effectively detained in her home since her husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Prize in 2010.

"No one has told me the reason for this house arrest ... Possibly in this country being the wife of Liu Xiaobo is a crime," she said.

Shang Baojun, who represents Liu Hui and posted the letter, confirmed its authenticity, which was signed and dated by Liu Xia on Wednesday.

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