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China court sentences pro-democracy leader to prison for subversion

[JURIST] A Chinese court has sentenced a pro-democracy leader to three years in prison for criticizing the communist government in Internet posts, according to the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy [advocacy website; Wikipedia backgrounder] Wednesday. Li Jianping participated in the 1989 movement for democracy in China [Wikipedia backgrounder] and wrote online essays criticizing the Chinese government's efforts to implement an anti-subversion law in Hong Kong. He was arrested in 2005.

His wife reported that prosecutors attempted to bring subversion charges against him twice, but the court dismissed those cases due to insufficient evidence. Jianping eventually went on trial [JURIST report] in April and the Shandong province court convicted him on charges [indictment, in Chinese] of "incitement to subvert state power." AP has more.

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