Veteran Chinese rights activist Chen Wei was sentenced on Friday to nine years in jail for “subversion”, his lawyers said, in one of the harshest penalties handed down in a crackdown launched this year. Chen, who was a leader of the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, was among dozens of activists detained in February in the wake of political upheaval in the Arab world that sparked calls for anti-government demonstrations in China. The court in Suining city in southwest Sichuan province convicted the 42-year-old after a trial lasting less than three hours over essays he had written that were critical of the Communist Party, China Human Rights Defenders said. The sentence, for “inciting subversion of state power” was one of the toughest handed down so far to an activist detained in this year’s crackdown, the group said.
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