Heavy jail terms for three Chinese anti-graft activists
Published on Jun 19, 2014 2:05 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - Three Chinese anti-corruption activists were sentenced to up to six and a half years in prison on Thursday, a lawyer said, the latest in their grass-roots movement to be jailed despite an official drive against graft.
A court in the central province of Jiangxi sentenced Liu Ping and Wei Zhongping to six and a half years and Li Sihua to three years, Li's lawyer Zhou Ze told AFP.
The three had taken photos of themselves last year holding banners urging government officials to disclose their assets as a curb against corruption. Liu and Wei were found guilty of disrupting public order, "using evil religion to sabotage law enforcement" and "picking fights and provoking trouble", while Li was convicted only of the final charge.
Mr Zhou said it was up to the three to choose whether to appeal but added: "Does it matter? The ruling in an appeal is already decided."
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