A US-based dissident who disappeared while travelling in Myanmar has been sentenced to life in jail by a court in Wuhan, Hubei . Peng Ming was convicted of involvement in terrorist activities, kidnapping, and possession of counterfeit banknotes. He was also stripped of his political rights for life and fined 35,000 yuan by the Wuhan Intermediate People's Court. Peng was formally arrested in August last year, four years after he fled to the US. Xinhua reported then that Myanmese police had turned Peng over to Chinese authorities in May because he was found carrying a huge sum of counterfeit Chinese currency. In a report issued yesterday, Xinhua said Peng had been promoting violent terrorism. The report also accused him of recruiting for terrorist organisations. In addition, Peng was alleged to have planned, organised and directed six kidnappings in Wuhan, Changsha and Beijing between early 2002 and May last year. The report claimed he set up a training centre in Myanmar to instruct his recruits in abduction and murder. Peng, a founder of the China Development Union, an environmental research group, served 18 months in a labour camp before being released in August 2000. He later fled, believing he faced further detention, the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.