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Legal Activist Ends Four-Year Prison Term for ‘Making Trouble’

Jia Lingmin stands on the pile of rubble where her home used to be on Oct. 25, 2010. Photo: VCG
Jia Lingmin stands on the pile of rubble where her home used to be on Oct. 25, 2010. Photo: VCG

Red tape and the failing of China’s justice system turned Jia Lingmin’s life upside down.

When she was a private-school teacher eight years ago, Jia began petitioning the government after her home was torn down by developers who were backed by local officials. In May 2014, she was arrested and more than a year later imprisoned for four years for “picking a quarrel and making trouble” linked to her use of legal knowledge to help herself and other evictees fend off illicit redevelopment.

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