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Dissident Lawyer Gao Zhisheng, Truly Free or Not?？
Gao Zhisheng, Chinese activist lawyer,
completes his prison term on Aug. 7.
Media from home and abroad worry he will disappear again.
Gao Zhiyi, his older brother, had a short phone
conversation with Gao’s wife, Geng He.
He told her that they were “returning”,
then the line was cut.
BBC Chinese website confirmed Gao Zhisheng was now
at his father-in-law’s home in Urumqi.
Geng He says that Shaya prison is about
800 kilometers away from Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang.
There is no easy transport from the prison, so Gao’s brother,
Gao Zhiyi, left home on Aug.1 to bring him home.
Geng He said she called Gao Zhiyi on Aug. 7.
Geng He: “I called at 9.10 am, I asked ‘have you seen him?’
Zhiyi replied ‘we are on our way returning.’
I said ‘can you ask him take the call?’ Zhiyi said ‘I cannot’,
then the line was cut.
I called again, but couldn’t get through.
At 9.40 am, I called again.
Zhiyi said ‘hello’. I also said ‘hello’,
then the line was cut, I couldn’t get through since."
Geng He said that she couldn’t confirm if
Gao Zhisheng had come out of the prison or not.
Geng He: “I couldn’t guess, I expected the news for so long,
I am still not clear.
From Zhiyi’s response, it was unusual.
I will continue to call him to make things clearer."
Beijing activist Hu Jia says that Gao has been released, but
police around him didn’t allow him to talk to his wife.
Hu Jia: “Certainly Gao Zhiyi has met his brother.
He told the truth.
Around them would be a group of
national security personnel.
That means the world knew what Geng He’s
phone conversation was.
The regime certainly strictly limited
his freedom of expression,
The restriction includes not letting him talk to
his relatives on the phone.
These thugs can control Gao Zhisheng."
Gu Jia pointed out that after Gao came out, as long as
he is still in China, he won’t have freedom.
Hu jia: “As long as Gao Zhisheng hasn’t arrived
in San. Francisco, the word ‘freedom’ won’t be mentioned.
He is now controlled tightly, it seems he has just been
transferred from a small prison into a big prison—
‘maintaining the stability’ of society.
What is his future fate, it’s unclear."
Gao Zhisheng, age 50, was once feted as one of
China’s top 10 lawyers.
He dealt with many human rights cases,
particularly cases related to Falun Gong.
In 2005, Gao three times wrote an open letter to former
leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao.
He urged an end to the suppression of Falun Gong.
Then he was suppressed by Political and Legislative Affairs
Committee (PLAC), controlled by Zhou Yongkang,
former head of security.
On Aug. 8, 2006, Gao was secretly arrested.
On Dec. 21, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison,
suspended for five years, accused of
“inciting subversion of state power”.
Hu Jia: “After Jiang Zemin launched the brutal suppression
and slandering of Falun Gong,
people in China were scared to talk about Falun Gong.
Gao Zhisheng has three times written an open letter,
asking then leaders to correct Jiang Zemin’s crimes of genocide.
Actually we know that Zhou Yongkang was promoted into the
administration of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao by Jiang Zemin,
in order to control PLAC.
Gao was a successful lawyer at the time,
but he still spoke out for Falun Gong.
Thus he became one of the regime’s first targets in 2006."
Sources say that during Gao’s five year suspended sentence,
he had gone missing for three years.
In February 2009, Gao described how he encountered
brutal tortures after his secret arrest in 2007.
He exposed that the police beat him badly,
using electric baton shocks to his genitals,
smoked his eyes with cigarettes, inserted toothpicks
into his private parts and more.
The degree of brutality shocked the international community.
In 2011, Gao was sent to Shaya Prison in Xinjiang.
UK’s Telegraph reported that Gao Zhisheng is exactly what
the Communist party fears the most.
Because he used his talents to challenge the regime in court
for vulnerable groups.
The report says that Gao, a respected lawyer,
has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace prize.
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