Supporters of reformer and lawyer Gao Zhisheng have been trying to confirm rumors that he died after being tortured by the government. In a chilling response, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu stated that Gao is “where he should be.”
Gao was arrested after advocating legal reforms, including ending the persecution of the banned Falun Gong spiritual group. He has disappeared since his arrest in February. Ma stated: “The relevant judicial authorities have decided this case, and we should say this person, according to Chinese law, is where he should be.” That should send a cold chill up anyone’s spine.
Of course, the Obama Administration is hardly in a positioning to demand an investigation into the torture allegations when it has blocked any investigation in the Bush torture program.
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