World IN BRIEF : CHINA : Democracy Leader Indicted on Sedition

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A long-jailed editor branded by the government as "chief criminal instigator" of last year's crushed democracy movement was charged with two of China's most serious crimes: sedition and spreading counterrevolutionary propaganda. Word of the formal arrest and indictment of Wang Juntao, 32, came in a one-page notice sent to his wife by the Beijing Public Security Bureau, his wife said. The filing of charges is generally tantamount to conviction.

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