Practising Law a Risky Endeavour in China
From the Toronto Star:
One fine fall afternoon last year, Li Heping was making his way towards a newspaper kiosk not far from his office when a man approached, grabbed him by the arm and said sternly, “Come with me.”
“I said, `I don’t even know who you are’,” Li recalls. “But he said, `If your name is Li Heping, you’d better come with me.'”
In a matter of seconds, Li had a cloth sack pulled over his head, he was wrestled into a car and driven to the outskirts of town where he was brought down into a basement and beaten.
Li is a lawyer – a partner in the respected Beijing Globe Law Firm.
He’s among a select group of lawyers in China who dare to take on politically sensitive cases.
Read also Walking on Thin Ice: Control, Intimidation and Harassment of Lawyers in China, and China: Restrictions on Lawyers Fuel Unrest from Human Rights Watch.