Lawyer will ask court if he can serve sentence at home Blind activist Chen Guangcheng , who exposed Shandong authorities' abuses of the one-child policy, lost his final appeal against a jail term yesterday in a judgment described by his wife as evidence of the central government's determination to rein in dissent. An intermediate court in Linyi , Shandong, rejected 'the blind mob organiser's appeal and upheld a local court's decision to sentence Chen to more than four years in jail', Xinhua reported yesterday. Chen, 35, a self-taught 'barefoot' lawyer, was initially jailed for four years and three months by a district court in his home town in Yinan county in August on charges of damaging public property and organising a mob to disrupt traffic. Citing unlawful trial procedures, Chen asked for a retrial, but that request was rejected in September. However, the Linyi Intermediate People's Court unexpectedly accepted his retrial last month after intense international media attention on his case. Chen, well known for his opposition to the one-child policy, had accused Linyi officials of forcing thousands of women to be sterilised and have abortions as late as eight months into their pregnancies. During his retrial, his lawyers were beaten, threatened and harassed by local gangsters. Yuan Weijing , Chen's 31-year-old wife, said yesterday that she had been stopped outside the court when accompanying Chen's lawyer Li Jingsong . 'I could expect everything they [officials] have done to me. I am angry, but not for the result, just for their deliberate acts to break the law even though they are the executors of the law,' Ms Yuan said. 'I will spare no effort to seek justice for my husband.' Mr Li said he would try to ask the court on Monday to allow Chen to serve his sentence outside prison on compassionate grounds because he was unable to take care of himself. 'Chen is blind. It's justified to request he serve his sentence at home because it's one of our law's concessions.' Meanwhile, Hu Xiao , a lawyer for Yang Maodong , better known as Guo Feixiong , said Yang had complained of being tortured by Guangzhou officials seeking a confession when they met on Tuesday. Yang is facing trial in Guangzhou on a charge of illegally operating a publishing business. 'Yang asked me to bring his accusation against local officials to the authorities after they chained him to a bed and tortured him for 40 days,' Mr Hu said. Mr Hu said Yang had also denied official reports that prominent dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng was given a light sentence on subversion charges because he had 'voluntarily reported other people's offences and provided important clues to crack other cases'. Gao was sentenced to three years' jail by a Beijing court last month but the sentence was suspended for five years. Yang said he saw the document Gao signed and he had not betrayed any friends.