China rights lawyer gets suspended sentence for ‘picking quarrels’ online

December 22, 2015 4:46 AM

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China rights lawyer gets suspended sentence for ‘picking quarrels’ online

For seven tweets, a three-year sentence, suspended for three years. That was the verdict Tuesday in the high-profile case of Pu Zhiqiang, the Chinese rights lawyer accused of "picking quarrels" via social media posts.

The sentence could have been worse — he faced up to eight years for the series of social media posts —but is still drawing criticism from lawyers and rights groups that see Pu's almost 19-month detention, and Tuesday's sentence, as a move to use vague, catch-all charges to stifle free speech and the...

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