Times researcher faces trial in Beijing

May 27, 2006 at 6:58 PM
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BEIJING, May 27 (UPI) -- A researcher in The New York Times' Beijing bureau faces trial for alleged fraud and disclosure of state secrets.

The decision was made to try Zhao Yan, 44, in June, despite an earlier court decision to drop the charges, The Washington Post reported.

Zhao was detained in September 2004 after the Times published Zhao's story predicting the resignation of former President Jiang Zemin as the head of the Communist party's Central Military Commission. The resignation would have made way for President Hu Jintao to strengthen his hold on the powers in Beijing.

Hu has repeatedly turned down requests from President George W. Bush for Zhao's release, the Post reported.

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