Authorities to Review Ai Weiwei Tax Case

Beijing authorities have agreed to review the tax evasion case aimed at Ai Weiwei, after some 30,000 supporters helped him pay the required bond last November. From the AFP:

“They have two months to review the case. If we are not satisfied with the results, we can bring the case to court,” said Pu Zhiqiang, a lawyer for Fake Cultural Development Ltd, a firm founded by Ai but registered to his wife ….

last week, Ai’s lawyers handed in a 9,000-word document requesting the review, pointing out inconsistencies with the case, including unregulated police involvement in Ai’s detention and violations of China’s tax code.

On Thursday, the Beijing tax bureau notified Ai that the review request had been accepted, Pu told AFP.

“We hope that the tax bureau will earnestly review the case,” he said.

Read more on Ai’s detention last year and its ongoing aftermath, via CDT.

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