China sentences activists for urging asset disclosure, says lawyer
Published on Apr 18, 2014 11:48 AM
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China sentenced four activists to jail for up to three-and-a-half years on Friday for urging officials to reveal their assets, a lawyer said, the latest convictions in a crackdown on dissent that has drawn international criticism.
The sentences mark China's latest rebuff of the West's condemnation of what it calls the suppression of free expression that some rights groups say is the worst in recent years.
Ding Jiaxi was sentenced to three-and-a-half years, Zhao Changqing got a two-and-a-half year sentence and Li Wei and Zhang Baocheng got two-year terms, the Haidian court in Beijing said on its microblog.
They were charged with "gathering a crowd to disturb public order", which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
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