Human rights lawyer on trial in China
NBC News — Security was extremely tight at a Beijing courthouse as the trial for a wheelchair bound human rights lawyer got underway. Journalists and diplomats were not allowed to attend the hearing and were immediately ushered to a nearby building by police. Ni Yulan was a human rights lawyer working to protect residents facing forced evictions from their homes by government or developer groups.
She was first taken into detention by police after videotaping a forced eviction in 2002. She says that she was crippled after being beaten and tortured for 15 hours during her initial detention. Since then she has been arrested on various charges, this time she is on trial on charges of fraud.