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BosNewsLife: Jailed Chinese Christian Lawyer Still Alive, Family Says

January 23, 2013

From BosNewsLife, “Jailed Chinese Christian Lawyer Still Alive, Family Says”:

Family members of jailed Christian rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng have been allowed to visit him in a remote Chinese prison, providing the first confirmation in months that he is still alive, rights activists said Wednesday, January 23.

Gao's younger brother and father-in-law met him at a prison in Shaya county of far west Xinjiang region on January 12, reported Human Rights in China (HRIC).

The group quoted Gao’s wife, Geng He, as saying he appeared "clear-minded and spoke normally".

Gao, who defended China's growing house churches and members of the Falun Gong religious cult, was sentenced to three years imprisonment in 2006 on charges of "inciting subversion of state power".

He was initially released on probation, but detained in 2009.