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Prison camp sentence overturned for China blogger

Prison camp sentence overturned for China blogger

A Chinese blogger sentenced to one year in a labor camp says a court has cleared his name in a case linked to China's biggest political scandal in years.
Fang Hong said the Chongqing Third Intermediate Court overturned his conviction for lack of evidence and ruled his time served an illegal detention. He said he will seek state compensation and apologies from government and media outlets that put forward the accusations again him.
The retired civil servant was arrested after posting a brief poem mocking now-disgraced politician Bo Xilai, who ruthlessly attacked critics and accused gang bosses in Chongqing before being sacked as municipal Communist Party chief and suspended from other posts in March. Numerous others sentenced during Bo's rule are also believed to be seeking redress.


Updated : 2021-01-16 14:38 GMT+08:00