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Blind Chinese lawyer's nephew jailed for 3 years

Published on Dec 1, 2012 6:11 AM
Chen Kegui, nephew of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, is seen in this undated handout provided by Chen Kegui's lawyer to Reuters May 22, 2012. The United States is deeply disturbed that the nephew of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was sentenced to more than three years in jail and views his trial as "deeply flawed," the U.S. State Department said on November 30, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - The nephew of blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng was jailed for more than three years for attacking officials who descended on his village after the dissident fled to the United States embassy, his father said.

Chen Guangcheng, who was imprisoned after exposing abuses under China's "one child" population control policy, caused a diplomatic row when he escaped house arrest in his village in Shandong province and reached the US mission in Beijing.

As he was freed to leave for the United States, government officials and police descended on his village home, prompting his nephew Chen Kegui to attack them with a kitchen knife, wounding three people.

"He was sentenced to three years and three months, this is extremely unfair. There is no principle in Chinese law, I feel there is no hope," Chen Guangfu, Chen Kegui's father, told AFP by phone from outside the courthouse.

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