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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chinese Appeal Denied

BEIJING () -- Dissident Wang Dan was given no chance to speak Friday when a court considered his appeal of his 11-year prison sentence. In less than 10 minutes, the court rejected it.

Only the judge spoke, announcing the Beijing Higher Level People's Court decision to uphold the trial court's verdict, said Wang's mother, Wang Lingyun.

"I'm extremely angry," his mother said in a telephone interview.

Chinese Communist Party leaders have used Wang's conviction to signal their intention to silence all dissent. Yet they have been careful not to arouse public resentment. No reports of the trial or appeal have been published or aired by state-run media.

Wang was convicted in a trial that lasted less than four hours Oct. 30 for plotting to overthrow the government.