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China pulls license of prominent rights lawyer

In this June 30, 2010 file photo, Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang  lights a cigarette during an interview at his office in Beijing. Pu posted a notice on his microblog on Thursday, April 14, 2016 that he has been disbarred, a further step in what the U.S. State Department and rights groups call a relentless crackdown by Beijing on efforts to establish an independent rule of law. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

In this June 30, 2010 file photo, Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang lights a cigarette during an interview at his office in Beijing. Pu posted a notice on his microblog on Thursday, April 14, 2016 that he has been disbarred, a further step in what the U.S. State Department and rights groups call a relentless crackdown by Beijing on efforts to establish an independent rule of law. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)  (The Associated Press)

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (POO JER'-chiang) has been disbarred following his sentencing on what supporters say are drummed-up charges to curtail his activism.

Pu posted a photo of a letter from the Beijing City Legal Affairs Department to his micro-blog Thursday that says his law license was pulled in accordance with regulations. It cites his conviction in December for disturbing public order and inciting ethnic hatred.

Pu was detained shortly after attending a May 2014 meeting to discuss the bloody military crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy movement. He was given a three-year sentence suspended for three years.

Pu tells The Associated Press by phone that he has no comment other than that he is no longer a lawyer and hasn't decided whether to appeal.