Zhao Lianhai was found guilty of "inciting social disorder" according to his wife Li Xuemei.
"Of course we cannot accept this. We will appeal. This is something we have to do," she said.
He founded "Kidney Stone Babies" to provide information and resources for parents after about 300,000 infants were made ill after drinking powdered milk tainted with melamine to apparently boost protein content. At least six babies died.
Police arrested Zhao last December, charging him with the crime of picking quarrels and provoking trouble. That charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail. He's already been in jail for almost a year.
However, with the melamine case, only a handful people were actually tried and convicted, in a few cases executed. But there were never any sentences for the government officials related to the incident that was covered up during the Beijing Olympics.
China did set up a compensation fund for those families whose children were sickened, but interestingly enough, those who allied with Zhao found it practically impossible to be eligible for compensation.
What kind of justice is this? A man, his own son sickened by melamine-tainted milk, is put in jail for trying to help others in the same predicament.
How is Zhao "inciting social disorder"? If anything it is the government itself creating disorder by not following its own laws.
Not protecting its own people and instead itself is beyond shameful. These were innocent people who unknowingly bought melamine-laced milk thinking it would help their children grow healthy and strong. Do they really want to bring down the government? They only want to know and prosecute who is responsible. But instead the government prosecutes them.
Again, what kind of justice is this?