China charges dissident

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China charges dissident

Chinese prosecutors have charged the dissident and former student leader, Wang Dan, with plotting to overthrow the government, Chinese sources said. A court in Peking was expected to deliver a verdict on Mr Wang's case this week, said one source. At the same time, the authorities said the sole surviving member of the notorious Gang of Four, led by Jiang Qing, the wife of Chairman Mao Zedong, had been freed after serving a 20-year term for subversive crimes. Yao Wenyuan, 64, was arrested on 6 October, 1976. Reuter - Peking

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