Stanford grads want Jude Shao released

May 6, 2008 3:11:18 PM PDT
Those trying to secure the release of a Stanford graduate from a Chinese prison pressed their case Saturday during a reunion at the university.

Those in the Stanford Graduate School of Business launched a major campaign five years ago to secure the release of Jude Shao. They gather every year for a class reunion to update everybody on their efforts and to come up with new strategies on how to get him released.

Shao was thrown in prison 10 years ago. His family and other supporters say the Chinese convicted him on false charges of tax evasion and he never received a fair trial.

"You know, not knowing the evidence they've got against you, not being able to meet with your attorney until the week before, not knowing what the case is, not being able to present any evidence. To me, that doesn't seem like a fair trial," said Caroline Pappajohn, a classmate of Shao's.

A spokesman for the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco says that Shao did get a fair trial.

California's two U.S. senators and the U.S. State Department are among those trying to secure his release.


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