October 19, 2009

SHANGHAI—A former university professor who published letters to Chinese leaders and advocated multi-party democracy has been jailed for 10 years for ’subversion of state power’, a rights group said on Saturday.

The sentence was handed down on Guo Quan by a court in eastern coastal Jiangsu province at an especially sensitive time–after China celebrates 60 years of Communist rule this month, 20 years after troops crushed pro-democracy protests in Bejing.

The court action also precedes U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to China next month, when Beijing’s human rights record will be under the spotlight. Another dissident, Liu Xiaobo, a prominent pro-democracy writer and rights activist, also remains in detention, facing charges.

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