Researcher for Times in China Will Appeal Fraud Conviction – Jim Yardley

From the New York Times:

A Chinese researcher for The New York Times, sentenced to three years in prison for fraud, decided Monday to appeal his conviction, one of his lawyers said.

, 44, who worked in The Times’s Beijing bureau, won a victory on Aug. 25 when a Beijing court dismissed the more serious charge against him of leaking state secrets to the newspaper. But the court convicted him of a lesser, unrelated fraud charge that dated to 2001, when he worked as a journalist for a Chinese publication.

Mr. Zhao, who has been in detention for nearly two years, has repeatedly denied both charges. On Monday, Guan Anping, a defense lawyer, described the fraud conviction as “absurd” and said the court’s refusal to allow defense witnesses to testify on Mr. Zhao’s behalf was “definitely a major procedural problem.” [Full Text]

See a brief history of Zhao Yan case

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