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Comment by China Adds to Mystery of Missing Lawyer

Posted by Author on January 22, 2010

By EDWARD WONG, New York times, January 22, 2010 –

BEIJING — The Chinese government made its first official comments on Thursday about a prominent human rights advocate who disappeared nearly a year ago, but its remarks left his fate shrouded in mystery.

At a regular news conference on Thursday, a Foreign Ministry spokesman answered a question about the advocate, Gao Zhisheng, saying that he “is where he should be.”

That the spokesman, Ma Zhaoxu, even acknowledged the question was widely interpreted as an indication that Mr. Gao was alive and in captivity. But the remarks’ disturbing overtones left open questions about his physical and mental state.

Fears for Mr. Gao — a combative lawyer who defended Falun Gong spiritual practitioners and published an account of being tortured by state authorities — peaked last week when his brother told The Associated Press that he had tracked down a Beijing policeman who detained Mr. Gao last February, and that the officer said Mr. Gao had gone “missing” in September.

The Chinese government had until Thursday declined to acknowledge that Mr. Gao had been detained or that anything out of the ordinary had happened to him.

This week, a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, citing a source with ties to a Chinese security agency, said that Mr. Gao was still alive. That report prompted the question at the Thursday news conference……. (more details from New York Times)

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