Four members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual [group] were convicted by a Chinese court for broadcasting group [information] on a cable television station, state press reported today.
The four were convicted by an intermediate court in southwestern Chongqing municipality yesterday .
Jin Wei was sentenced to 16 years in jail and Li Xiangdong got 15 years, while two others were jailed for at least seven years.
Another person implicated in the incident had died in police custody since the group was arrested in January, the report said without detailing the circumstances of the death.
Chongqing is China' largest autonomous municipality and boasts a population of some 30 million.
Since banning Falun Gong in July 1999, China' judiciary has sent hundreds of "backbone members" of the group to prison under vaguely worded statues relating to "[slanderous term used by Jiang Zemins regime]" in the nation' criminal law.
Tens of thousands of others have been sentenced without trial to administrative punishments in Chinese forced labour camps, human rights groups say.
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