East Asia

Two jailed for rescue of Christian human rights lawyer


Gao Zhisheng. Credit: Wikipedia

Authorities in China have imprisoned two people for rescuing prominent Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

The rescue attempt was launched after Shao Zhongguo and Li Fawang learned that Gao wanted to escape his government minders in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province.

They managed to evade authorities for 23 days until they were found and put in to custody. When in police custody, Shao and Li were detained but Gao vanished.

Authorities have claimed that Gao has been held in the custody of secret agents in Beijing.

Li has recently obtained his freedom but Shao’s family have not yet seen any legal documents relating to his detention, a request made by Shao’s wife for lawyers to visit him has been denied.

Li Fawang made allegations that he has experienced severe mistreatment at the hands of the authorities. He was shackled and not provided with daily necessities. He is a diabetic but was not given medical treatment for the first few days of imprisonment. He also said that Gao Zhisheng was in poor health and had not eaten a decent meal for three years because of constant bleeding and toothaches.