China Holds Two More Rights Lawyers Under Criminal Detention

Authorities in the Chinese capital have placed under criminal detention the lawyer and relative of detained human rights attorney Pu Zhiqiang, as well as a prominent rights lawyer based in the southern city of Guangzhou, lawyers and rights groups said.

Qu Zhenhong, Pu’s niece and legal representative, is being held by Beijing police on suspicion of “illegally gathering citizens’ information,” her colleague and lawyer Zhang Sizhi told RFA.

“They said she is being held under criminal detention,” Zhang said. “Originally, I thought it was because of the Pu case, but the charges don’t seem to fit, so it’s hard to say.”

Zhang said the detention center where Qu is being held had turned down his request for a meeting with her for a second time on Thursday…[…]

Radio Free Asia, 2014-05-16

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