Chinese Dissident Loses Tax Appeal

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

The lawyer for Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei said his client lost his appeal Friday against a multi-million-dollar tax evasion fine on a company he founded.

Pu Zhiqiang said the Beijing Chaoyang District court rejected an appeal against the fine levied on Fake Cultural Development Limited, a firm that markets Ai's art.

Ai told reporters at his studio in Beijing that he was very disappointed by the ruling.

“Today's verdict means that after 60 years of the founding of our nation, we still lack the basic legal procedures, the truth is not respected, they do not give tax payers or citizens any right to defend oneself. The whole legal system is in a dark state right now.”

His supporters say the case is part of the government's effort to muzzle China's most famous critic. Ai was not allowed to attend the closed hearing, which was held in June.