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Tortured by Police, Artist Ai Weiwei Confesses After Seeing Video of Gao Zhisheng's Torture
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MEDIA ADVISORY, April 25, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- The "HRIC Biweekly Chinese Journal" on April 21 carried the following report submitted by a writer from mainland China using the pseudonym Rong Shoujing who describes himself as a Xinhua News Agency reporter. The original Chinese-language report can be viewed here.
Photo: Ai Weiwei
Editor's note: ChinaAid provides the following translation of the report but is unable to independently confirm its veracity or analysis. (Note that bracketed material in the text was provided by the translator for clarity's sake; parenthetical material is part of the original Chinese-language text.)
The Shocking Conspiracy Behind Ai Weiwei's Forced Confession Under Police Torture; Fu Zhenghua and LiuQibao Use Their Official Positions For Personal Revenge.
On April 19, 2011, officials from the Beijing headquarters of the Xinhua News Agency and the Propaganda Department of the Public Security Ministry's Political Department confirmed that one phase of Mr. Ai Weiwei's tax evasion case had come to an end.  A Public Security Ministry official with a conscience revealed that during the interrogation Ai Weiwei was subjected to torture in order to extract a confession. He said that the Ai case was being jointly handled by the Economic Investigation Corps and the Domestic Security Corps of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.
Fu Zhenghua, the chief of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, instructed those handling the case to show Ai Weiwei the video of GaoZhisheng being tortured, including shots of electric batons being inserted into Gao's anus and his blood, semen, feces, and urine spurting out. Fu Zhenghua also issued an order saying: Whatever methods were used on Gao Zhisheng, use the same ones to make Ai Weiwei give in. After several consecutive days of torture, Ai Weiwei was finally compelled to sign a statement of confession, admitting to tax evasion.