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China Convicts U.S.-Based Scholar

July 24, 2001

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BEIJING (AP) _ A U.S.-based Chinese sociologist was convicted Tuesday of spying and sentenced to 10 years, her defense lawyer said.

Gao Zhan’s conviction in a case closely watched by Washington came four days before an official visit by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Gao immediately applied for medical parole, said her lawyer, Bai Xuebiao. He has previously said she suffers from heart ailments.

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