A Chinese court has jailed leading activist Xu Zhiyong for four years for public order offences related to his role in a social justice and transparency movement.
Xu is a legal scholar and advocate who has been at the forefront of campaigns for rights in China for a decade. Several others from the New Citizens Movement which he co-founded have stood trial already or will appear on Monday.
The Beijing No 1 Intermediate People’s Court said on its microblog on Sunday morning that it had found Xu guilty of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” following his closed-door trial on Wednesday.
The charges related to small-scale, peaceful street protests by members of the movement, calling for educational equality and for officials to declare their assets.