China Says Missing Lawyer ‘Is Where He Should Be’

The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of activist lawyer Gao Zhisheng deepened when a Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s response to a journalist’s inquiry only raised more questions. From AP:

…At a regular press conference Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu indicated that Gao was in custody, after he was asked whether he knew where Gao was.

“The relevant judicial authorities have decided this case, and we should say this person, according to Chinese law, is where he should be,” Ma said.

He gave no details. A transcript of Thursday’s news conference posted on the ministry’s Web site did not include the question on Gao or Ma’s response.

Beijing’s Public Security Bureau referred questions Friday to the Beijing High Court. The court’s press office referred questions to its foreign affairs office, but telephone calls went unanswered.

January 21, 2010 10:31 PM
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