China Dissident Says Confession Was Forced – Joseph Kahn

From the New York Times:

 Images 2007 04 10 World 10China.395Gao Zhisheng, one of China’s most outspoken dissidents until his conviction on sedition charges late last year, said in a recorded statement made available over the weekend that while his confession had resulted in a light sentence, it had been made under mental and physical duress.

Gao Zhisheng, a Chinese human rights lawyer, drafting a letter in 2005 protesting the government’s treatment of the Falun Gong spiritual sect.

Mr. Gao’s remarks, recorded by a close friend and offered to journalists in Beijing, were his first public statement since he was convicted in December. He was given a suspended sentence. [Full text]

April 10, 2007 7:12 AM
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