China again delays verdict in state secrets trial of NYT researcher James M Yoch Jr at 7:58 PM ET
[JURIST] A Chinese court has delayed a verdict for the second time in the trial of Zhao Yan [HRIC profile, PDF], a former New York Times researcher accused of providing state secrets to foreigners. According to Zhao's lawyers, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ordered the delay without giving a reason or setting a new date for the verdict. Zhao's trial was conducted in secret on June 16, closed to both his family and potential defense witnesses. The court delayed the verdict [JURIST report] June 16 in a move that Zhao's lawyer described as common. However, the lawyer contends that by again delaying the verdict, Chinese authorities are holding Zhao illegally.
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