China Dissident Gets 5 Years in Prison – William Foreman
A Chinese dissident lawyer was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after publishing a book about a political scandal and helping villagers lead a campaign to unseat local officials accused of corruption, his attorney said.
Guo Feixiong, convicted of alleged illegal business activity, was also fined US$5,300 in a district court in the booming southern city of Guangzhou, his lawyer, Mo Shaoping, told The Associated Press.
The dissident, also known as Yang Maodong, was arrested in September 2006. He was tried last July in Guangzhou after publishing a book about the scandal in the northeastern city of Shenyang, the New York-based Human Rights in China said Wednesday in a statement. No other details were given about the book. [Full Text]