Qiao Long | Radio Free Asia [caption id="attachment_3325" align="alignleft" width="300"] PU ZHIQIANG (ONLINE.)[/caption] Authorities in Beijing on Friday indicted a prominent rights lawyer for “incitement to racial hatred” after holding him in detention for more than a year, paving the way for a trial, his lawyer said. Pu Zhiqiang, 50, is being charged with “incitement to racial hatred,” and “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” a year after his detention following an event marking the anniversary of the military crackdown on the 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement. Previous charges, including “incitement to subvert state power,” “incitement to separatism,” and “illegally obtaining citizens’ information” have apparently been dropped, Pu’s defense lawyer Shang Baojun told RFA. “The second division of the Beijing municipal procuratorate formally indicted him today, although he hasn’t yet received the indictment document,” Shang said. “There are two charges on the indictment … the police charge sheet previously listed four charges,” he said. “How do I evaluate that? I don’t know yet.” Shang said he plans to visit Pu in the detention center soon, to discuss strategy ahead of the trial, for which a date has yet to be set. But he said Pu is highly likely to reject the reduced charges in the same manner as the old ones. “Previously, he has totally rejected all of the charges in a number of conversations,” Shang said.But he said that a reduction in the number of charges could be a good sign. “At the very least, we feel a bit better because two charges looks a lot better than four,” Shang said. Shang said Pu’s wife had expressed “extreme disappointment” at the indictment during a recent phone call, however. Pu’s arrest on May 6, 2014, on public order charges and “causing trouble” after he attended an discussion forum that called for a reappraisal of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, drew international condemnation, including from Washington. But China said last week that the U.S. should pay closer attention to its own rights record before criticizing others.