A Chinese activist who campaigned for compensation for victims of a 2008 contaminated baby milk scandal has been jailed for two-and-a-half years. Zhao Lianhai, whose child was among the 300,000 made ill by the milk, was convicted of inciting social disorder. Mr Zhao had previously worked for the country’s food quality and safety authority.
Mr Zhao founded a website to provide information for parents after it was found milk formula had been laced with the industrial chemical melamine to give it a high protein-content reading. At least six babies died.
“It is such a harsh sentence,” Mr Zhao’s lawyer Li Fangping told the Associated Press news agency.
“The crimes he was accused of were nothing more than what regular citizens would do to defend their rights.”
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