China police shift focus of women activists' probe: lawyers

April 8, 2015 4:58 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police are focusing their investigation into five detained women activists on campaigns they were involved in over recent years, not their latest bid to highlight sexual harassment on public transport, lawyers said on Wednesday.

The five were taken into custody on the weekend of International Women's Day, March 8, and later detained on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", their lawyers said, a charge that carries jail of up to five years.

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