Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Xia Lin Sentenced to 12 Years for ‘Fraud’

Critics say a lengthy prison sentence given to a Chinese lawyer is ‘severe retaliation’ against a human rights advocate.

The News Lens
Date: 2016/09/22
By: Edward White

A Beijing court today sentenced a well-known Chinese human rights lawyer to 12 years 1vttxeo4ylcx0sv9sxza0vvu72czj7behind bars for fraud.

Xia Lin (夏霖), 46, who has been in detention since late 2014, was accused of stealing CNY10 million (US$1.5 million) from several individuals to pay off gambling debts. He denied the charges.

Xia previously told his lawyers that most of the police questioning he faced had focused on his high-profile legal work, as well as the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement and his relationship with well-known activist Guo Yushan (郭玉閃), legal colleague Pu Zhiqiang (浦志強) and activist artist Ai Weiwei (艾未未) (pictured above).

Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) immediately described the sentence today as “a severe retaliation against a human rights advocate who defended the rule of law.”     [FULL  STORY]