China sentences man to 8 years for subversion

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Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei plays a video clip he uploaded on Youtube on a computer in Beijing, China, Thursday, October 25, 2012. In the video, Ai sports a neon-pink T-shirt, black jacket and dark sunglasses and energetically mimics rodeo-style dance moves made famous by South Korean rapper PSY whose original video became an Internet sensation. AP/Ng Han Guan

BEIJING—A Chinese court has sentenced a democracy advocate who started a website and participated in online political discussions to eight years in prison on the charge of inciting subversion.

Attorney Ma Xiaopeng says the Kunming Intermediate People’s Court notified him Thursday morning that his client Cao Haibo had been sentenced in a hearing Wednesday.

Ma says the court violated Chinese law by announcing the verdict in a closed-door hearing.

The lawyer says he did not know the reasons why the court convicted Cao of the charge of inciting subversion of state power because he has not yet obtained the verdict.

Subversion is a vaguely defined charge frequently used to punish political critics.

Cao was detained in October last year.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

    chinese communist regime. what do you expect?

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    Ka ga ohan nga. Pag dito sa Pilipinas akala mo kung sino ang mga yan. Kasi sabansa nila nila di sila maka galaw ng maayos. Stu…pid country!

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    basta intsik talaga… tsk.tsk.tsk

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