China sentences activist to 10 years over writings

8 years ago by in China Tagged: ,

BEIJING (AP) — A court has sentenced a democracy activist in central China to 10 years’ imprisonment for subversion, the third lengthy jail term handed down to a dissident in less than a month.

A relative who did not want to be named said Thursday that activist Li Tie was sentenced by a court in Wuhan city to 10 years in jail on Wednesday after being convicted of subversion based on articles that he had written.

The Chinese Human Rights Defenders group says Li said in court that he is innocent because the Chinese constitution protects citizens’ right to freedom of expression.

In separate cases late last month, two activists were sentenced for posting essays on the Internet that the government deemed subversive. One received nine years in prison, the other 10.


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