Court upholds jail term of prominent Chinese activist

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Posted: Apr 10, 2014 9:23 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Friday upheld a four-year jail sentence for one of the country's most prominent rights advocates, who had campaigned for the education rights of children and for officials to disclose their assets.

Xu Zhiyong's lawyer said that an appeal to the Beijing Municipal High People's Court had been rejected.

The rejection will likely spark another outcry from the United States, the European Union and rights groups about his case.

Xu was jailed in January after being found guilty of "gathering a crowd to disturb public order".

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Ben Blanchard)