China sentences rights activist to 9 years' jail - KMOV.com

China sentences rights activist to 9 years' jail

BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court has sentenced a veteran democracy activist to nine years' imprisonment for inciting subversion.

Attorney Liang Xiaojun says a court in southwestern China on Friday convicted Chen Wei of incitement to subversion over four essays he wrote and published online.

Chen was detained in February amid an expansive government crackdown in response to anonymous online calls urging Chinese to imitate protests in North Africa and the Middle East.

The sentence is the harshest known punishment meted out during this year's crackdown.

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