Chinese human rights attorney detained in Beijing: Lawyer

Vastavam web: The lawyer of a prominent Chinese human rights attorney detained in Beijing said that the allegations against his client, who has been charged with disrupting public service, were “absurd”.Yu Wensheng was seized as he left his Beijing apartment to walk his child to school by roughly a dozen people, including a SWAT team, sources told AFP on Friday.”We believe detaining lawyer Yu for the ‘suspected crime of disrupting public service’ is absurd,” said Huang Hanzhong, Yu’s lawyer.

“Lawyer Yu’s publishing of this recommendation letter on the internet is within his rights as a citizen, it is not illegal,” his lawyer said.While Yu is in detention, police and prosecutors will likely gather evidence and decide whether or not to bring the case to trial.Yu has been a persistent voice for reform in China, despite the country’s sweeping and increasingly severe crackdown on civil society under President Xi Jinping, which has led to the jailing of numerous human rights litigators.Yu has said that in 2014 authorities imprisoned and tortured him for 99 days for allegedly “disturbing public order”.The detention order says Yu is being held at the Beijing Shijingshan Detention Center.