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Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang jailed for 'subversion'

BEIJING: Prominent Chinese human rights legal professional Wang Quanzhang was once sentenced on Monday to 4 and a half years in prison for state subversion, a northern Chinese court stated.

Wang, 42, who defended political activists and sufferers of land seizures, disappeared in a 2015 sweep -- referred to as the "709" crackdown -- aimed at courtroom critics of Communist government.

Charged in January 2016 with alleged state subversion, Wang have been the ultimate of more than 200 attorneys and activists arrested within the 709 crackdown to be attempted or launched.

Wang was once "found guilty of subverting state power, sentenced to four years and six months in prison, and deprived of political rights for five years," the Tianjin Second Intermediate People's Court stated in a statement.

After more than two years of being in prison limbo — detained with no trial date — Wang's court hearing came about behind closed doorways in Tianjin on December 26.

At the time, the court stated the trial was once closed to the public "due to the state secrets involved".

Wang's wife Li Wenzu was once placed below de facto space arrest the day before her husband's trial to forestall her from attending.

Li has actively protested her husband's detention. Last April, she tried to march 100 kilometres (60 miles) to the detention facility in Tianjin the place her husband have been held.

In December, before Wang's court date was once announced, Li and three supporters shaved their heads and attempted to put up a petition to a Beijing court protesting Wang's detention.

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