Lawyer Gao Zhisheng under tight police surveillance
Gao, one-time model lawyer of the Communist Party, gradually became a human rights campaigner, defending Christians, Uighurs, members of Falun Gong, and other victims of abuses. Last month, he was condemned to three years in prison - suspended for five years – after being found guilty of “subversion against the state”. He was also stripped of his political rights for one year.
The court claimed that Gao made a full “confession”. The judges decided the lawyer was engaged in “subversion” on the basis of nine articles he signed that were published on internet sites. Three open letters to President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, in which Gao called for religious freedom and less corruption, apparently proved to be crucial.
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Hu Jia also believes Gao’s family may be sidelining him for fear of possible consequences. The entire family of the lawyer is under police surveillance.