Monday, April 9, 2012

China land rights lawyer Ni Yulan and husband jailed

Disabled Chinese lawyer Ni Yulan and her husband Dong Jiqin have been jailed a year after they were detained.

Ms Ni was sentenced to two years and eight months, while her husband was handed a two-year term.

The couple are known for providing legal help to people whose homes have been seized by the government.

They were jailed on charges of "picking quarrels, provoking trouble and wilfully destroying private and public property", a court spokesman said.

The couple were detained last April as authorities rounded up scores of activists amid online calls for protests similar to those taking place at the time in the Arab world.

Their trial took place in December 2011, with the hearing closed to the press and foreign diplomats. Read More