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China internet celebrity gets 8 months in jail for ‘defaming’ Chinese soldiers killed in Galwan clash

An web superstar in China was sentenced to eight months in jail for “defaming” Chinese language troopers killed in a conflict with Indian troops on the Galwan Valley final yr, official media right here reported on Tuesday.

Qiu Ziming, described by the state-run World Occasions as an web superstar for having over 2.5 million followers, obtained an eight-month jail time period on Monday, the day by day reported.

This was the primary reported case of a suspect being charged after China handed a brand new legislation in 2018 which stipulates that it’s unlawful to defame the nation’s heroes and martyrs.

Qiu, often called “Labixiaoqiu” on-line, was additionally ordered to publicly apologise by main home portals and the nationwide media inside 10 days to remove the adverse influence, a courtroom in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu Province dominated, in accordance with the day by day’s report.

The courtroom held that Qiu had “honestly confessed” to his crime, and entered a responsible plea stating that he would by no means commit the crime once more. The sentence was due to this fact lighter, it stated.

In response to the day by day’s report, on February 19 he launched “false info” on China’s Twitter-like social media platform Sina Weibo, “smearing the 4 heroes” who had been killed in clashes with the Indian troopers.

Whereas the Indian Military rapidly introduced that 20 of its personnel had been killed within the conflict with Chinese language troopers on June 15 final yr, the Chinese language Individuals’s Liberation Military took some eight months to disclose that it had misplaced 4 of its army personnel and one officer was injured.

He was detained a day later for stirring up hassle that caused a extreme adverse social influence. Qiu’s Weibo account was additionally suspended, the report stated.

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