Xia Lin given sentence harsher than expected, prompting outrage from China’s legal community
Human rights groups have accused Beijing of ramping up its assault on civil rights activists after a respected lawyer was jailed for 12 years on what they claim were trumped-up charges.
Xia Lin, a 46-year-old lawyer whose clients have included dissident artist Ai Weiwei and free speech champion Pu Zhiqiang, was detained in November 2014 and put on trial for fraud in July.
We can only see a very grim future for lawyers in China who work on human rights cases.
Link : China: lawyer for Ai Weiwei jailed for 12 years in ‘severe retaliation’