China Sentences Times Researcher to 3 Years in Prison – Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times:

China jailed a New York Times researcher for three years for fraud on Friday, his lawyer said, one day after a blind human rights campaigner was convicted in what appears to be a clampdown on dissent.

But the Beijing court dismissed a charge of leaking state secrets against Zhao Yan, a Beijing-based civil rights campaigner-turned-journalist.

The sentence was announced after Zhao had spent nearly two years in detention and followed a start-stop process of charges being laid, then dropped and revived again, highlighting the vagaries of China’s justice system. [Full Text]

August 24, 2006, 7:22 PM
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