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The rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is still imprisoned in China and his family has not been able to see him. NTD spoke to Gao's wife and lawyer about the case. Lawyer Mo Shaoping says there is no legal basis to not allow Gao to see his family.
Gao Zhiyi, the brother of the Chinese rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, recently petitioned authorities in Beijing for the fourth time. He's trying to get authorities to disclose information about Gao Zhisheng who's believed to be imprisoned in Xinjiang.
Gao's wife, Geng He, told NTD that because the regime has pressured Gao's family members in the Mainland, his older brother alone has taken the responsibility to look for Gao.
[Geng He, Gao Zhisheng's Wife]:
"I cannot phone his younger brother or younger sister, in December last year those at the house said the authorities had pressured them and tormented them so much that they can't take it. I can understand the situation. You just do not know how much they have been harassed."
Before the Lunar New Year, Gao Zhisheng's brother went to see him at the prison in Shaya in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region where Gao is said to be held. The prison would not allow Gao's brother to see him, claiming that Gao did not want to see his family members and was undergoing a three-month "education" period. So Gao Zhiyi went to Beijing to demand the Justice Department take responsibility for the case and allow a lawyer to appeal on behalf of his brother. That lawyer was Mo Shaoping.