Chinese court sentences US geologist to 8 years

FILE - In this file photo released by David Rowley, taken Dec. 7, 1993 and made available Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, Xue Feng poses for photos in Yuexi, Anhui province. American geologist Xue Feng detained and tortured by China's state security agents over an oil industry database was jailed for 8 years Monday July 5, 2010, in a troubling example of China's rough justice system and the way the U.S. government handles cases against its citizens. (AP Photo/David Rowley, File) (AP Photo/David Rowley, File)

July 5, 2010 7:44:45 AM PDT
An American geologist held and tortured by China's state security agents was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for gathering data on the Chinese oil industry in a case that highlights the government's use of vague secrets laws to restrict business information.

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