posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 12:08 PM
BEIJING - An outspoken Chinese dissident was jailed for three-and-a-half years on Thursday over his remarks about Tibet and other sensitive topics.
Hu Jia, 34, was found guilty of "inciting subversion of state power" for criticizing the ruling Communist Party.
The "inciting subversion" charge can attract a jail term of five years or longer, and before the hearing Hu's other lawyer, Li Fangping, said a
long sentence was likely.
After the sentencing he denounced it as nonetheless unjust.
"It's the defense position that citizens have the right to free speech," Li Fangping told reporters outside the court.
"The law on inciting subversion of state power doesn't have a clear boundary, but the Constitution guarantees citizens freedom of speech."
China's Foreign Ministry defended the verdict and said critics were meddling in the country's internal affairs.
Here is the link to the full story:MSNBC
This is horrible. What happened to free speech? This guy is a hero for standing up, and speaking his mind. What do you guys think?
[edit on 3-4-2008 by schism85]