A rights group said Saturday that a Chinese court has sentenced a dissident who challenged communist rule to 10 years in prison.
Human Rights in China said in a statement that the court in eastern coastal Jiangsu province convicted Guo Quan of subversion of state power for publishing a large number of articles pointing out social problems in China, including laid-off workers and peasants who lost their land. He was sentenced Friday.
The group said Guo advocated a multi-party, elected democratic system and nationalization of the military. He founded the New Democracy Party of China.
HRC said Guo was detained in November of 2008. A case was filed on June 20, 2009. The trial took place on August 7.
The statement said that in issuing a decision more than four months after it accepted the case, the court greatly exceeded the six-week legal time limit for a court to conclude a case.