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China upholds jail terms for two anti-corruption activists

Published on Jul 18, 2014 1:34 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese court on Friday upheld jail sentences for two anti-corruption activists, their lawyer said, cementing a crackdown on a burgeoning civil rights movement.

Beijing's intermediate court stood by a 31/2-year jail sentence handed to Ding Jiaxi, a well-known human rights lawyer, and a two-year sentence handed to activist Li Wei, their attorney Guo Haiyue told AFP.

China this year has jailed around 10 members of the New Citizens Movement, a loose network whose members held peaceful protests in Beijing last year calling for officials to disclose their assets as a measure against graft.

The two had appealed after being convicted of "gathering a crowd to disturb public order", a charge often used to detain protesters in China.

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