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Monday, April 2, 2012

ChinaAid News Flash: Gao Zhisheng Alive! Family Visits Him in Prison

China Aid Association 

(Shaya, Xinjiang—March 28, 2012) ChinaAid has confirmed that relatives of prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng were finally allowed to visit him in prison last weekend, putting to rest fears that the pioneer in the growing Christian legal defense movement in China had died during the two-plus years of his forced disappearance into police custody. 

Gao’s older brother and his father-in-law were permitted a half-hour meeting with Gao on March 24 at the Shaya prison, in a remote part of Xinjiang in far western China. They were able to see each other through a glass window and converse using a prison phone. 
Gao’s wife, Geng He, telephoned ChinaAid’s founder and president Rev. Bob Fu on Tuesday night confirming the meeting and providing details.

She said that her husband broke into tears when her father told Gao, “My health is greatly improved now that I have seen you.” Gao, who has disappeared into police custody several times since 2006, was last seen by his family members in April 2010 when he briefly resurfaced after a previous long period of disappearance.  During that time, he gave an extensive interview to the Associated Press, an American wire service, in which he gave a detailed account of brutal torture inflicted on him by Chinese police. 

Gao’s wife said he looked fine during the weekend prison visit, which was conducted under the watchful eye of prison officials and Public Security Bureau officials. The PSB instructed Gao’s family members not to talk to the outside world about the visit. 

PSB officers from Gao’s hometown in Shaanxi province had accompanied Gao’s older brother, Gao Zhiyi, on the entire trip from central China, a journey of more than 3000 kilometers (more than 2000 miles) to Shaya. 

During their half-hour visit, Gao asked his brother to deposit 600 yuan ($100) into his prison account. Gao also asked about wellbeing of his family. 

Gao’s brother cried a lot and said to Gao's wife, “I am relieved after finally being able to see that he is at least alive.” 

Geng He expressed her deep gratitude to ChinaAid for its advocacy and legal and financial support. 

ChinaAid’s Fu said, “We are glad to finally get this good news.” But he added, “For the sake of true justice and the rule of law in China, the Chinese government should immediately release attorney Gao without any conditions. Gao is totally innocent.” 

Gao was sentenced on Dec. 22, 2006, to a three-year suspended prison term for “subversion” and was placed on probation for five years. On Dec. 16, 2011, just days before the end of the five-year probation period, China’s central government announced through the official Xinhua News Agency that the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court had sentenced Gao to a three-year prison term because he “had seriously violated probation rules for a number of times, which led to the court decision to withdraw the probation.” 

On Jan. 10, 2012, Gao Zhiyi traveled to Shaya prison to see his brother, but prison authorities denied his request for a meeting, saying that Gao was under a three-month “observation period.” 
According to reliable sources, on Feb. 24 this year, when Gao Zhiyi went to Beijing to make inquiries at the Beijing Intermediate Court, the Beijing Public Security Bureau and other relevant government agencies about how to visit Gao, he was taken into the “control” of the Beijing Public Security Bureau and “escorted” back to his hometown in Shaanxi province. 

However, the PSB did agree to help facilitate communication with the Shaya prison authorities with regard to his request for a prison visit. 

On March 15, Gao Zhiyi received a phone call from the Shaya prison authorities telling him to prepare to visit once his brother was deemed obedient to the prison authorities. 

On March 24, Gao Zhiyi, escorted by two police officers who traveled with him the entire distance across the breadth of China from his hometown, arrived at Shaya prison. 


Anonymous said...
April 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Good news! Hopefully the next immediate step will be release.

Anonymous said...
April 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM

We must continue to pray for his release.

Anonymous said...
April 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Amen!! My prayers are with him and his family! Godspeed!

Anonymous said...
April 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Yes indeed. Keep the prayers going. Lord, we pray for his persecutors. Open the eyes of their understanding and let them see you and recieve salvation. Turn their hearts to You. Thank you Lord.

Cory J Calzadilla said...
April 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Add his name to Hebrews 11. Another great man of God. Give us Lord the boldness and passion to follow You no matter the inconvenience. It's all about sharing Your amazing Good News to EVERYONE.

Angela said...
April 29, 2012 at 5:20 AM

I'm sooo happy to hear this news! (blessed actually!) Thank you China Aid...we continue to pray for this truly great man's release! x

Lauren said...
July 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Thank You, Lord! I pray that Gao will be released soon! That he will be reunited with his family.

Anonymous said...
July 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

We know that prayer is powerful because of our Heavenly Father's virtue and goodness and love for His children. Tom and Alice

David said...
August 5, 2012 at 12:59 AM

I pray for Gao daily and will continue to pray for his strengthening and release

Anonymous said...
November 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I had a dream of Gao awhile back. In the dream he was brought to America on a stretcher, but was still alive. May he be released soon. We will never stop praying and thinking of him.

Anonymous said...
March 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Prayers go out to this extremely blessed man and comfort and hope to his family. Lord lay hold of this extraordinary man giving him strength in all his members of his body, motivation and ever hope in Jesus precious name amen.

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