Chinese Man Said Sentenced for E-Mail


Sunday September 16 4:53 AM ET

Chinese Man Said Sentenced for E-Mail

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese lawyer has been sentenced to three years in a labor camp for distributing a pro-democracy journal by e-mail, a political activist group said Sunday.

A court sentenced Zhu Ruixiang to nine months, but Communist Party officials ordered the longer sentence, the Free China Movement said in a statement.

Zhu, a veteran of pro-democracy protests in 1989, was arrested May 8 in the southern city of Shaoyang in Hunan province, the group said.

A woman who answered the telephone at police headquarters in Shaoyang said no one was available to talk about the case.

Zhu was accused of passing on ``VIP Reference'' to 12 people, the Free China Movement said. The journal is produced by U.S.-based dissidents and distributed by e-mail.

The Free China Movement said Zhu's case was related to that of Li Zanmin, a member of the banned China Democracy Party. Li was arrested after police found copies of ``VIP Reference'' at his home, and is awaiting trial, the group said.


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