China convicts rights lawyer Li Heping of ‘subversion of state power’

Li, once told that China considered him ‘more dangerous than Bin Laden’, sentenced in secret trial to three years in prison with a four-year reprieve

The Guardian
Date: 28 April 2017
By: Benjamin Haas in Hong Kong

Friday 28 April 2017 03.47 EDT Last modified on Friday 28 April 2017 06.50 EDT

Li Heping was swept up in a nationwide crackdown on rights lawyers and activists in July 2015.

A respected Christian human rights lawyer has been convicted of “subversion of state power” at a secret trial in China, almost two years after he was first detained in a sweeping crackdown.

Li Heping was sentenced to three years in prison with a four-year reprieve, the court in the eastern city of Tianjin said on an official social media account, meaning he should be released but could be arrested and jailed at any point.

The trial was held behind closed doors on Tuesday because “the case involved state secrets”, the court said, but was only announced along with the verdict on Friday.  [FULL  STORY]