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The New York Times: China Sentences Xu Zhiyong, Legal Activist, to 4 Years in Prison

January 26, 2014

From Andrew Jacobs and Chris Buckley with The New York Times, “China Sentences Xu Zhiyong, Legal Activist, to 4 Years in Prison

Other participants in the New Citizens Movement and similar protests also face prosecution, including two who stood trial in the two days after Mr. Xu’s trial. Four others face trial Monday in Beijing, according to Human Rights in China.

Legal experts and human rights advocates described the prosecution of Mr. Xu as deeply flawed. His lawyers were not allowed to cross-examine prosecution witnesses, whose testimony was submitted in writing only so they did not appear in court. Nor were the defense lawyers permitted to call in witnesses of their own.

See HRIC press work on Xu Zhiyong.

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