After spending over four months in detention, Beijing-based blogger Hu Jia was sentenced today to 3.5 years in prison for “state subversion,” which, according to his lawyer Li Fangping, is “a decision that is likely to draw more international criticism of the country's political controls ahead of the Beijing Olympics.”
Enjoy your Olympics, Beijing, but spare us your whining. You did ask for it, after all.
Hu has ten days in which to file an appeal. For more on the different ways bloggers have shown Hu and his wife Zeng Jinyan their support, please see here.