A Chinese high court on Friday rejected the appeal of a New York Times researcher sentenced to three years in prison on a fraud charge, his lawyer said.
The Beijing High Court delivered its judgement for Zhao Yan's appeal in a five-minute session, lawyer Guan Anping said in a telephone interview.
Zhao was convicted of fraud in August but acquitted of the more serious charge of revealing state secrets, which could have resulted in a 10-year sentence.
Zhao, 44, argued in his appeal that the prosecution's evidence did not amount to a criminal charge and that a defense witness was not allowed to testify during the trial.
"I'm very sorry about this outcome," Guan said. "It's unfair to Zhao Yan."