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Veteran Chinese Dissident Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

A long-time Chinese dissident has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for subversion - apparently for posting articles on the Internet critical of China's government.

The lawyer for Yang Tianshui says a court in the eastern province of Jiangsu imposed the sentence after a half-day trial.

He said Yang had been convicted of subversion for posting anti-government articles on the Internet and for allegedly accepting illegal overseas funds.

Yang has denied the charge.

The Chinese writer previously served 10 years in prison from 1990 to 2000 for what the government called "counter-revolutionary" crimes.

Yang is one of several Chinese dissidents who have faced similar charges for criticizing the government on the Internet.

Human rights and media rights groups have repeatedly called on China's government to release jailed dissidents who they say are imprisoned for the peaceful expression of their views.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.