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Chinese housing activist is jailed for fraud

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BEIJING (AP) -- A court has sentenced a veteran Chinese activist left disabled by past police mistreatment to two years and eight months in jail for fraud and provoking trouble.

Ni Yulan was sentenced by a Beijing court with her husband, Dong Jiqin. He was jailed for two years.

The two were arrested last year as China carried out a sweeping crackdown to deter popular uprisings such as the ones that shook the Arab world.

Ni and her supporters deny the charges and say she is being punished for her years of activism, especially her advocacy for people forced from their homes to make way for the fast-paced real estate development that remade Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. Her outspoken defense earned her the enmity of officials and developers.

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