China: lawyer for Ai Weiwei jailed for 12 years in 'severe retaliation'

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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.

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We can only see a very grim future for lawyers in China who work on human rights cases.

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