Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Chen Guangcheng: Sentence Overturned

This is good news. Unfortunately, he'll have to endure a retrial:

China overturns activist sentence
A Chinese court has thrown out a guilty verdict against Chen Guangcheng, an activist who raised concerns about forced abortions.

"It was found that there have been serious violations in the legal procedures," said Mr Chen's lawyer.

Mr Chen, 34, was found guilty of public order offences in August, and sentenced to more than four years in jail.

His case drew international criticism, with rights advocates saying he did not receive a fair trial.

The Linyi City Intermediate Court has now quashed Mr Chen's conviction, and ordered a retrial.


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