From Angry Chinese Blogger:
While the Chinese legal system has often been criticized for being unjust and opaque, there remain a number of cases each year that stand out from among the rest as being particularly indicative of “Justice with Chinese characteristics”. One such case is that of 20 year old land reform activist Chen Tao, who, late last month, had a particularly bad experience with the Chinese justice system.
In 2004, Chen took part in protests against the Pubugou dam in Hanyuan county, Sichuan province. The construction of which was scheduled to result in the forced displacement of approximately 100,000 people. During the course of the protest riots broke out, leading to the death of a member of the security forces for which Chen was tried and convicted in April 2005.[Full Text]