China releases assistant to rights lawyer after 1 year

(From AP)

An assistant to a prominent Chinese rights lawyer was released on bail Thursday, just ahead of the anniversary of a national crackdown on rights defenders.

Zhao Wei

Zhao Wei

Police in the northern port city of Tianjin said Zhao Wei, 24, was released after she admitted her crimes and showed a good attitude.

Zhao worked for prominent human rights lawyer Li Heping, and is the youngest among dozens of rights lawyers, workers and activists who were taken into custody last July in a campaign to curb growing rights activism spearheaded by legal workers.

She became a point of public focus because of her age, especially after she was formally arrested in January on the severe charge of state subversion and became one of China’s youngest political prisoners. If convicted on the charge, she could face life imprisonment. Read More



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