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Chinese dissident loses battle to appeal Hampstead murder conviction in European court

Allan Chappelow was killed in 2009. Allan Chappelow was killed in 2009.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
2:46 PM

A Chinese dissident jailed for murdering a reclusive author in Hampstead has lost his bid to appeal the conviction in the European Court of Human Rights.

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Wang Yam was jailed for life in 2009 for battering reclusive Allan Chappelow, 86, to death at his £4million home in Downshire Hill.

Last Thursday, judge Mr Justice Ouseley denied Yam’s request to appeal his conviction at the Strasbourg court.

Yam claims his conviction was unfair due to a gagging order issued at his trial by then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith ruling that sections of Yam’s defence must be heard behind closed doors in the interests of national security.

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