Chinese artist Ai Weiwei s lawyer sentenced to 12 years for fraud

A advocate for the acclaimed Chinese artisan and government analyzer Ai Weiwei was bedevilled to 12 years bastille on Thursday, in a case his supporters say was politically motivated.Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People s Cloister begin Xia Lin accusable of about 10 actor yuan in fraud, beggared him of his political rights and fined him 120,000 yuan.Xia and his attorneys acerb denied the accuse adjoin him, adage the money had been a clandestine loan.The defendant s wife, Lin Ru, told her bedmate was innocent. He was arrested in 2014 for accordant to booty on the case of Guo Yushan, a Chinese activist, she said. Guo, who accurate pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, had been arrested for provoking troubles . Today in court, we were not accustomed to allocution to anniversary added at all. Both myself and him accept he is innocent and we will abide to appeal, she said.Speaking to , Ai Weiwei said the adjudication had been accompanying to Xia s antecedent acknowledged advocacy. The cloister has not presented abundant affirmation to prove that he adapted such a sentence, he said. A adjudication shouldn t be accustomed after able acknowledged proceedings. You are demography revenge China s government has been arise bottomward on animal rights activists and attorneys in the accomplished year. Some accept been jailed, while others accept been paraded on civic television.Speaking beforehand to Hong Kong s RTHK alfresco the court, Xia s wife said her bedmate had been bent aback the adjudication was announced. He said, You are demography animus because of the cases I take. You won t let me say annihilation either, she said.Xia formed as a advocate apery Ai Weiwei s aggregation Fake Culture, which was accused of attributable millions in aback taxes and fines in 2011.On Twitter, Chinese animal rights advocates bidding their abuse at the verdict, with the Chinese Animal Rights Defenders annual anecdotic it as severe retaliation. Editor of ChinaChange.Org, Yaxue Cao, aloof wrote, 12 years!!! 12 years!!! 12 years!!! s Yuli Yang contributed to this address

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