NEW YORK - Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng said the jailing of his nephew last week was on trumped up charges which ignored clear evidence that he had acted in self-defense after men armed with sticks forced their way into his home and beat him.

Chen's nephew Chen Kegui was given a three-year three-month jail term last week after being charged with using knives to fend off officials who burst into his home on April 27. It was the day after they discovered his uncle had escaped from 19 months of house arrest in eastern Shandong province and fled to the US Embassy in Beijing.

"At that time, he had many injuries to his neck, body and legs and the doctor who treated him at that time said he was still bleeding after three hours," Chen Guangcheng told Reuters in an interview in New York, where he is now studying, late on Monday.

"Chen Kegui was chased with sticks from room-to-room, and beaten many times. In that situation, if he didn't defend himself, he could have been beaten to death. So he grabbed a knife from the kitchen to defend himself," he added.

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