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CHINA:Cyber-dissident Yang Maodong formally arrested and charged

(Oct. 03, 2006)Reporters Without Borders today called for the release of cyber-dissident Yang Maodong (who is better known by the pseudonym of Guo Feixiong) after his wife told Reuters the authorities formalized his arrest on 28 September and charged him with "illegal business activities."

Yang was arrested at his home in the city Guangzhou (in the southern province of Guangdong) on 14 September 2006. No date has yet been set for his trial. According to his lawyers, he faces up to five years in prison or even more if his case is deemed to be "serious."

Yang was imprisoned from October to December last year for "disturbing the peace" after encouraging the population of the village of Taishi (in Guangdong province) to demand the resignation of the village chief for alleged corruption.

He was briefly arrested again early this year after going on hunger strike in protest against the beating he had received from thugs in Guangzhou. (boxun.com)

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