April 10th, 2012
01:17 AM ET

China sentences disabled activist to more than two years in jail

A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced a disabled lawyer who defended tenants' rights to more than two years in jail for "picking quarrels" and fraud, a local human rights advocacy group said.

Ni Yulan, who has been repeatedly detained and harassed over the past decade by Chinese authorities, received a prison sentence of two years and eight months for the two charges combined, Chinese Human Rights Defenders said in a statement on its website, citing Ni's lawyer, Cheng Hai.

Ni's husband, Dong Jiqin, was sentenced to two years in prison on the charges, according to the advocacy group.

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