March 29th, 2012
03:20 AM ET

Relatives visit detained Chinese lawyer for first time, group says

Relatives of Gao Zhisheng, an imprisoned Chinese human rights lawyer, have been able to see him for the first time since the authorities took him away nearly two years ago, a nonprofit group said Wednesday.

Gao's brother and father-in-law visited him for half an hour at Shaya prison in a remote area of the far western Chinese province of Xinjiang, Texas-based nonprofit ChinaAid said in a statement, citing Gao's wife, Geng He, who now lives in the United States.

Gao made a name for himself representing disadvantaged Chinese citizens, like people who had lost land to big construction projects, protesting factory workers and followers of prohibited religious movements. But his activism attracted the attention of the authorities.

He was convicted of inciting subversion in 2006 and was put on probation for five years.


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  1. Sofa King

    China is our friend and ally. Life is good in China.

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