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Chinese journalist sentenced to seven years in jail for leaking state secrets

April 17, 2015, 8:54 UTC+3 BEIJING
The 71-year-old veteran journalist Gao Yu was arrested in April 2014 and accused of transferring secret Communist Party documents abroad
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Chinese journalist Gao Yu

Chinese journalist Gao Yu

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BEIJING, April 17. /TASS/ Chinese journalist Gao Yu has been jailed for seven years in prison for leaking state secrets, a Beijing court said on Friday.

"Gao Yu broke the law by disclosing top secret information to a third party. The defendant is sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment and one-year political disenfranchisement," the court ruling says.

The 71-year-old veteran journalist was arrested in April 2014 and accused of transferring secret Communist Party documents abroad. In 1994, she was sentenced to six years in prison on similar charges.

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