Released Lawyer “Can No Longer Speak Intelligibly”

Rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is suffering from malnutrition and psychological trauma following his release from prison last week according to his wife, Geng He. From the AFP:

His wife, who fled with their two children to the United States in 2009, said that she has learned that Gao lost 22.5 kilograms (50 pounds) after being fed only a slice of bread and cabbage each day.

Gao can no longer speak intelligibly after being deprived of any interaction with people and kept in a small cell with little light and no reading material or television, she said.

[…] Saying that Gao has been prevented from seeing a doctor since his release, Geng urged the United States to press China to allow him to come to travel. [Source]

Such a degree of freedom during Gao’s one-year post-imprisonment “deprivation of political rights” appears unlikely, however.