China sentences democracy activist to 10 years

Liu Xianbin has written articles online calling for street protests, reforms.

Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 15:36 PM IST

Beijing: The wife of a Chinese activist says a court has sentenced him to 10 years in prison on charges of inciting subversion. Liu Xianbin has written articles online calling for street protests and democratic reforms.

Liu`s wife Chen Mingxian said that the court in Suining city in Sichuan province found her husband guilty of inciting subversion of state power after a trial that lasted a few hours on Friday.

The sentence is considered heavy. The charge carries a maximum of five years` imprisonment but could be longer if courts deem the offense to be particularly grave.
China`s authoritarian government routinely uses the vaguely worded subversion charge to jail people it considers troublemakers. It is not the first time Liu has been accused of it.

Bureau Report