Yahoo to Court: Dismiss Chinese Torture Case
Posted in: Censorship at 29/08/2007 02:50
Earlier this year, a Chinese political prisoner and his wife sued Yahoo in federal court in San Francisco, accusing the company of abetting in the commission of torture by helping the Chinese government to identify political dissidents who were later beaten and tortured. Another political prisoner has since joined the case.
Now Yahoo has asked the court to dismiss the case.
The company makes a number of legal arguments to the court. For the lay reader, however, the first paragraph conveys the main thrust of Yahoo's position. "This is a lawsuit by citizens of China imprisoned for using the Internet in China to express political views in violation of China law. It is a political case challenging the laws and actions of the Chinese government. It has no place in the American courts."
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