On April 13, disabled rights advocate Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) submitted an appeal to Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court challenging her conviction and prison sentence by a lower court. On April 10, the Xicheng District People’s Court of Beijing found Ni guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事) and “fraud” (诈骗), and ordered her to serve two years and eight months in prison and pay a fine of 1,000 yuan ($159) The court also convicted her husband, Dong Jiqin (董继勤), of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” and sentenced him to two years in prison. The verdict was issued more than three months after the court accepted the case in December 2011, exceeding the one-month-and-a-half maximum period allowed by law.

Source : Human Rights in China

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