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Court sentences cyber-dissident Zhu Yufu to two years in prison only one year after his release

(RSF/IFEX) - Zhu Yufu, a cyber-dissident and pro-democracy activist who was released in 2006 after spending seven years in prison (for further information, see IFEX alerts of 15 September 2006 and 7 March 2000), was on 16 July 2007 sentenced to another two years in prison for pushing a police officer at the time of his arrest on 19 April. His son, Zhu Ang, who was arrested at the same time, was given a one-year suspended sentence.

Reporters Without Borders described the sentence as immoral and accused China of breaking its promises and of stepping up human violations as the Beijing Olympic Games approach. Normally pushing a police officer at the time of arrest would result in a fine or a short period in detention.

When Zhu was released from prison in 2006, he told "The Epoch Times" he wanted to resume his activism and tell the world about the mistreatment he underwent in prison. He knew he could be re-arrested, but he said he would continue to denounce the "diabolical" nature of the Chinese Communist Party.

The Reporters Without Borders release on Zhu's arrest in April: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21923

More information on his first conviction: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=18881

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