Twenty months ago, lawyer and activist Gao Zhisheng was taken into custody and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Last weekend, his family was allowed to visit him for the first time in a remote prison in Xinjiang, relieving fears that he had been killed in detention. From AP:
Gao’s brother Gao Zhiyi told The Associated Press that he has seen his brother but added it was “not convenient” to say more.
The dissident’s wife, Geng He, said her father and Gao’s brother saw him for half an hour in a remote prison in Xinjiang on Saturday in an emotional reunion. She expressed relief at proof her husband is alive and relatively well.
Geng, who now lives in California, says she was told Gao appeared paler than the last time his brother saw him two years ago but seemed otherwise the same.
The whereabouts of Gao, who earlier said he had been kidnapped and tortured by Chinese authorities, had been unknown for 20 months until state media reported in December that he was being sent back to prison for three years for violating his probation.
Read more about Gao Zhisheng’s case via CDT.