Amer­i­can ge­ol­o­gist gets 8-year jail term

Austin American-Statesman - - MONDAY BRIEFING -

BEI­JING — Amer­i­can ge­ol­o­gist Xue Feng, de­tained and tor­tured by China’s state se­cu­rity agents over an oil in­dus­try data­base, has been sen­tenced to eight years in jail. Lawyer Tong Wei said the sen­tence was handed down to­day by Bei­jing’s No. 1 In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court. Xue was charged with seek­ing and pro­vid­ing in­tel­li­gence, which was re­lated to the pur­chase of a com­mer­cial data­base on the oil in­dus­try. The ver­dict comes more than six months since the last court hear­ing and 21⁄ years af­ter Xue was

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