China Quake Dissident Jailed for 3 Years

Huang Qi, an activist who investigated shoddy school construction after the 5.12 earthquake in 2008, has been sentenced to three years in jail. From Washington Post:

Chinese dissident Huang Qi was sentenced to three years’ jail on Monday on charges of illegally possessing , his wife said, decrying the verdict as revenge for his activism after last year’s huge earthquake.

Huang was sentenced in a court in , the capital of Sichuan province where the earthquake on May 12 last year killed at least 80,000 people, including crushed in schools that collapsed.

The verdict was another sign that ’s ruling Communist Party is in no mood to relax political controls following last week’s visit by U.S. President , who pressed the government on human rights.

Huang, a veteran human rights campaigner, was detained in June last year after offering help to protesting that schools felled by the quake were made vulnerable by shoddy and corrupt building practices.

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