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Prosecutors drop charges against jailed lawyer in China's Chongqing Municipality

04-22-2011 16:22 BJT

CHONGQING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Prosecutors in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality dropped charges Friday against Beijing lawyer Li Zhuang, who was accused of encouraging a witness to fabricate evidence.

Prosecutors announced the decision at a trial Friday morning as they believed there were doubts in the charges against the lawyer, who was previously convicted last year on similar charges and is currently serving a sentence of 18 months in prison.

Li, 49, is a lawyer with the Beijing Kangda Law Firm. Li was charged with instructing Xu Lijun, a witness in his client Meng Ying's trial, to give false testimony in court during an embezzlement trial.

According to prosecutors, the evidence the defendant showed during previous hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday conflict with the prosecution's evidence.

The court granted the withdrawal of charges.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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