China jails leading human rights lawyer

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BEIJING, China

The Chinese government has sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to four and a half years in prison for state subversion.

Wang, 42, had defended political campaigners and victims of land seizures, as well as followers of the banned spiritual Falun Gong movement.

He and other lawyers and activists were arrested in a 2015 crackdown, and the last to go on trial.

He was “found guilty of subverting state power, sentenced to four years and six months in prison, and deprived of political rights for five years,” the court in Tianjin said.