A Chinese dissident, sentenced to 11 years in prison for “incitement to subversion,” failed to win an appeal in Beijing on Thursday, according to the Christian Science Monitor (CSM).
Liu Xia was a campaigner for greater political freedom. There were about 20 foreign diplomats outside the court on Thursday to show their support for him.
U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman said Liu had “peacefully worked for the establishment of political openness and accountability in China,” in a statement read out by a U.S. diplomat outside the courthouse, reported the CSM.
A statement by the European Union said the verdict “is entirely incompatible with his right to freedom of expression.” The sentence was the heaviest punishment for such a crime that lawyers could remember, said the report.