China insists former NYT staffer held legally Angela Onikepe at 7:54 AM ET
[JURIST] A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry [official website, English version] said Thursday that the case of a detained Chinese researcher who worked for the New York Times is being dealt with according to Chinese law. Zhao Yan has been held since September 2004, and has still not been released [JURIST report] by Chinese authorities despite two formal requests filed by Yan's defense lawyer following a court order last week to dismiss state secret charges [JURIST report] levied against him. Asked about the case, the Ministry spokesman simply said that the "actual situation is not like what you are talking about."
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