Chinese Dissident Denied Appeal: Lawyer

From AFP:

China has illegally blocked dissident Hu Jia from appealing a prison sentence, his lawyer said Thursday, in a case that has shone a harsh spotlight on Beijing’s human rights record ahead of the Olympics.

Hu, a prominent human rights activist, was sentenced on April 3 to three years and six months in jail on charges of inciting subversion, and under Chinese law had 10 days from that date to challenge the verdict.

But he has been held incommunicado and barred from consulting with his legal team to discuss an appeal, lawyer Li Fangping told AFP.

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