|Beijing lawyer Xia Lin was convicted of fraud and jailed for 12 years|
|One of his most famous clients was Ai Weiwei|
While it was expected he would not win his case, Xia and his supporters didn't expect such a heavy sentence.
"After he heard the verdict, Xia Lin said the case had been procedurally unfair and he was being persecuted for his rights defense work, for the cases he took on," one of his defense lawyers, Ding Xikui, who was in court for the verdict, said. "He is planning to appeal."
|Xia was detained after he agreed to defend Guo Yushan|