Friday, October 9, 2015   

Trial begins for third anti-graft campaigner
(04-10 14:01)

An anti-corruption campaigner went on trial in Beijing today, his lawyer said. He is among two others who appeared in court this week.
Zhao Changqing, 45, faces a possible five year prison sentence for supporting activists who unveiled banners in Beijing calling for government officials to disclose their assets – despite not being present, his lawyer Zhang Peihong said.
Zhao is associated with the New Citizens Movement, a loose-knit network of campaigners against corruption, among other issues. China jailed a founder of the movement in January, and more than 10 other members have been tried.
Zhao pleaded not guilty to a charge of “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order'' for his alleged involvement in three small-scale protests in Beijing, which saw activists unfurl banners, Zhang said.
“[Zhao] didn't disturb public order in any way, he didn't even appear on the scene of the protests, because he was worried about his family,'' he said, adding that the hearing lasted around three hours.
Fellow anti-graft activists Ding Jiaxi and Li Wei were also put on trial this week over the protests.—AFP

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