Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Great Regulars: The owner of a cybercafe has been handed

an eight-year jail term for "subversion," his lawyer said Thursday amid a security clampdown as the ruling Chinese Communist Party held a plenary meeting to prepare for the 18th Party Congress next week.

Cao Haibo, 27, was handed the sentence by a court in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming on Wednesday after he called online for democracy and tried to form an opposition party, his lawyer said.

"They informed us this morning," Cao's lawyer Ma Xiaopeng said. "They just handed down the sentence without a hearing."

from Luisetta Mudie: Radio Free Asia: Cafe Owner Jailed for Subversion


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