China jails prominent human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong


A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer has been jailed for two years, the latest conviction in Beijing’s crackdown on rights activists.

Jiang Tianyong was found guilty of inciting subversion of state power and defaming China’s political system.

His wife told Reuters that the verdict was unacceptable. Amnesty International dismissed the trial as a “sham”.

Mr Jiang was an outspoken critic of the government’s crackdown on dissenters, representing some of those rounded up.

It is estimated that more than 300 lawyers, legal assistants and activists have been questioned, and more than two dozen of these pursued as formal investigations.

Mr Jiang defended human rights activists and fellow rights lawyers as well as also Falun Gong practitioners and Tibetan protesters.

The court also found the 46-year old guilty of using social media to attack the Chinese government and of inciting others to demonstrate in public.

Source: BBC News

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