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Chinese Dissident Wei Convicted of Sedition, Given 14-Year Sentence

December 13, 1995

BEIJING (AP) _ A Chinese court on Wednesday took less than six hours to convict China’s leading dissident, Wei Jingsheng, of sedition and sentence him to 14 years in prison.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency reported the conviction and sentence in a two-paragraph report that gave no further details.

Wei came to prominence in 1979 for powerful essays about democracy and human rights during a short-lived pro-democracy movement. Wei, an outspoken advocate of democracy and human rights, had faced a minimum of 10 years in jail and possible execution if convicted.

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