“夺妻抢房” 律师刘士辉打破沉寂揭迫害 [Chinese Lawyer Loses Wife and
House for Posting a Jasmine Revolution Message]
Chinese Lawyer Loses Wife and House for Posting a Jasmine Revolution
A recently released Guangzhou lawyer, who
was detained by Chinese authorities for posting a message about the Jasmine
Revolution, has broken his silence about the mistreatment during his 108 days in
Liu Shihui, a civil rights
lawyer from Guangzhou, hasn’t been heard from for over 3 months since his
arrest on Feb. 25.
Five days previously, on Feb. 20, Liu wrote on
Twitter: “I am having a date with Miss Jasmine at People’s Park in Guangzhou at
2 p.m., Feb. 20. There is nothing private about it, onlookers are
On his way to the park Liu was apprehended and beaten by men
believed to be plainclothes police. During the beating Lui’s feet were
fractured, and he was sent to a hospital. From then on, the outside world lost
all contact with him.
After 108 days in detention, Liu was “released on
bail” on June 12 and banished to his ancestral hometown in Inner
But on the afternoon of Aug. 21, Liu started posting messages
on Twitter, talking of some of the ordeals he suffered while in jail, including
torture, having his house confiscated, and his wife–a native of Vietnam–being
In his first message Liu recalled the day when he was arrested. At around 2 a.m. on Feb. 25, police broke
into his home after smashing in the iron door. They took away his computer, books, CDs, files, U-disk, mobile phone,
the stock machine, and more.
and his new Vietnamese wife were arrested.
Liu said he repeatedly pleated
with the police to go easy on his wife, telling them that she is a foreigner who
doesn’t speak Chinese, and asking them to show legal documents for her arrest.
But they still took his wife away, saying it was in response to a “crime
Liu’s wife was deported to Vietnam after being illegally held for
After being arrested, police interrogated Liu day and night and deprived him
of sleep for five continuous days. His injured left leg became swollen to twice
its normal size, Liu wrote on his Twitter.
But what pained him the most
was to lose his wife and his home, and the uncertainty of how his wife was being
treated, he said.
“My wife was in their hands for 17 days. What happened
during that time? I know nothing at all.”
Liu said, in addition, domestic
security officials made up lies about him to his wife. They told him later that,
when they deported his wife, they told her he was being charged with a financial
crime because he had cheated someone.
“It implied that I am a swindler.
My marriage dream is broken. I’ll harbor a grudge for life. What breaks my heart
most is that my newly-married wife does not even know why I wasarrested. She
left China with misunderstandings.”
Liu also found after his return that
everything on his computer had been wiped out. All of his personal and
work-related data, about 50-60 G was deleted, and his hard drive was
“That’s my entire legal career of more than a decade and my
entire private world. All is gone,” Liu said.
Liu said he is now
seriously ill and has trouble sleeping. He said in addition to his wife and the
house being gone, he is also being deprived of collecting legal fees of more
than 300,000 yuan (approximately US$47,000). When he was banished from
Guangzhou, it meant all his ownership rights there were gone.
that the things he exposed were only a little bit of what happened, but he feels
better after speaking out as otherwise he fears he might have “exploded,” he
After the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa,
the Chinese Communist authorities have been extremely fearful of the same thing
happening in China. Human rights lawyers, who
dared to speak out, have gone missing one after another after
Most of them have now been released. Although authorities
ordered them to keep silent about abuse inflicted during detention, some have
spoken about it, including Tang Jitian, Li Tiantian, Jin Guanghong, and others.
(Report)Bao Tong, political secretary to former [ousted] Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang,
once said, “If lawyers can’t be free of fear, this country has big
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