Five Mao fanatics jailed over articles ‘smearing former Chinese leaders’

Five Mao fanatics who ran an internet rumour mill have been sentenced by a court in central China for circulating articles which “smeared former state leaders” but their ringleader, who awaits trial, remained defiant despite the sentencing.The People’s Court of Xinhua District in Pingdingshan of Henan Province sentenced two men and three women in late December to jail terms ranging from nine months to two years on the official charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, according to a…


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