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Chinese Political Prisoner Sues in U.S. Court, Saying Yahoo Helped Identify Dissidents

Author: Miguel Helft, New York Times, Published on: 19 April 2007

A Chinese political prisoner and his wife sued Yahoo in federal court Wednesday, accusing the company of abetting the commission of torture by helping Chinese authorities identify political dissidents who were later beaten and imprisoned. The suit [is] filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act...Yahoo said it had not yet seen the suit, filed in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, and could not comment on the allegations..."Companies doing business in China are forced to comply with Chinese law," said Jim Cullinan, a Yahoo spokesman. When government officials present the company with a lawful request for information about a Yahoo user, he said, "Yahoo China will not know whether the demand for information is for a legitimate criminal investigation or is going to be used to prosecute political dissidents."

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Related companies: Yahoo! (part of Verizon)