A witness who claimed he was coerced into testifying against a blind Chinese activist has been taken away by local police on the eve of a retrial of the case, the activist’s lawyer said Sunday.
Chen Gengjiang testified in the case of Chen Guangcheng, who was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted in August of damaging property and “organizing a mob to disturb traffic.”
The activist’s lawyer, Li Jinsong, said the witness “told me he had been tortured to say Chen made him smash the van. Now he’s been taken away the day before the retrial. We’re worried the police will threaten or torture him again.”
Read CDT’s earlier post of an article written by Chen’s wife Yuan Weijin:”China Vs. My Husband. ”
(Photo of Chen Guangcheng)