China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang gets suspended jail sentence
Dec 22, Beijing: A Beijing court has convicted a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang for online comments, giving him a suspended jail sentence, local media reports said.
Pu has been found guilty of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels" on his social media posts, BBC news said.
The court sentenced him to three years in prison but also said the sentence would be suspended.
Pu is the latest to be tried in a crackdown on dissidents in China.
It remains unclear if Pu would be freed from detention immediately. Correspondents say that the sentencing could mean that Pu is monitored during the suspension period, with the possibility of a reduced sentence if he demonstrates good behaviour.
State news agency Xinhua reported on its microblog that during his sentencing Pu had "acknowledged the reality of his crimes", apologised, and expressed acceptance of his sentence.
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