Protector of Lake Loses Appeal in Chinese Court – Joseph Kahn

The New York Times gives an update on the legal case of environmental activist Wu Lihong:

A court in Wuxi, in eastern Jiangsu Province, upheld the conviction of Wu Lihong, who became well known around China for seeking to prevent chemical companies from dumping untreated waste in Lake Tai, China’s third-largest freshwater lake. The ruling was made Friday, his wife and his lawyer said Monday.

Mr. Wu, his lawyer and many of his colleagues in the area’s environmental movement said the charges of blackmail and fraud had been concocted by local officials to put him behind bars, after his protests against their collusion with chemical companies attracted widespread news media attention. [Full text]

See also the New York Times previous report “In China, a Lake’s Champion Imperils Himself“. Read more about Wu Lihong via CDT.

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