A Chinese court sentenced a veteran dissident who organised a pro-democracy activist network to 10 years’ imprisonment on Monday for inciting subversion, his wife said.
The stiff sentences come near the end of a year in which the Chinese government has used various means to silence dissent, from lengthy imprisonment to months of disappearances, in a crackdown aimed at preventing Arab Spring-style uprisings.
The court found Chen Xi guilty of the charge of “incitement to subvert state power” for 36 essays he wrote and posted online, his wife said by phone.
The United Nations Human Rights office said it was alarmed by the sentence handed down to Chen. Chen maintained his innocence but will not appeal the verdict, said his wife, Zhang Qunxuan.