Chinese lawyer gets seven years in jail for subversion
Aug.4, Beijing: A Chinese lawyer was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday in the third of a series of subversion trials demonstrating the ruling Communist Party's determination to shut down independent human rights activists and government critics.
The sentence handed down to Zhou Shifeng results from his actions related to his role as director of Beijing's Fengrui Law Firm that took on sensitive cases and represented people who dared challenge the party, official media reports said.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported that Zhou accepted the ruling and would not appeal.
His half-day trial in the northern city of Tianjin followed those of two related legal activists earlier this week, one of whom was sentenced to 7 ½ years and the other given a suspended sentence, both on charges of subversion.
The Oslo Times International News Network