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China Tries Man in Internet Case

December 3, 1998

SHANGHAI, China (AP) _ A computer entrepreneur charged with subversion for supplying Chinese e-mail addresses to an Internet democracy magazine is to go on trial Friday in a closed courtroom.

Lin Hai, 30, is accused of ``inciting the overthrow of state power″ by giving 30,000 addresses to ``VIP Reference,″ a pro-democracy journal published by dissidents overseas.

Most trials in Shanghai are open, but there is an exception for cases involving privacy and government secrets.

``Because this case involves government internal affairs, it is not public,″ said Li Chunping, a spokesman for the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office.

Lin’s wife, Xu Hong, said she’s appealed unsuccessfully to President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji to open the trial.

Lin, owner of a Shanghai computer software company, was charged last April.

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