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709-Lawyer released

Zhou Shifeng is a free man. After seven years in prison, the Chinese lawyer was released over the weekend. Zhou had been arrested in 2015 during the so-called 709-crackdown, a nationwide operation targeting lawyers and activists. Under the National Security Law, which was just two weeks old at the time, more than 300 people had been detained and interrogated. Seven of them had been subsequently sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to eight years for subversion. Zhou was one of them. He stood trial in Tianjin and received a seven-year sentence.

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