China Jails Ex-Professor 10 Years for Subversion

activist has been sentenced 10 years on charges of . From Associated Press:

The founder of a Chinese group that challenged Communist rule with a call for multiparty democracy has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, a human rights group said Saturday.

Former university professor and judge Guo Quan was sentenced for “subversion of state power” by a court in eastern Jiangsu Province on Friday, the -based group Human Rights in China said in a statement.

Guo had been detained numerous times since 2007, when he founded the China New Democracy Party, which he claimed had 40 million members. He was arrested in Nanjing, the provincial , last November. His wife told The Associated Press at the that Guo was taken after dropping his son off at school.

From Reuters:

The sentence was handed down on Guo Quan by a court in eastern coastal Jiangsu province at an especially sensitive time — after China celebrates 60 years of Communist rule this month, 20 years after troops crushed pro-democracy in Bejing.

The court action also precedes U.S. President ’s visit to China next month, when Beijing’s human rights record will be under the spotlight. Another dissident, Liu Xiaobo, a prominent pro-democracy writer and rights activist, also remains in , facing charges.

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