China: Human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng sent back to prison
16 Dec 11

Chinese state media reported on Friday that human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng will be sent to prison for three years for violating his probation rules. In 2006 Gao was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for “subversion of state power”, being given five years of probation. In 2009 he was taken from a relative’s home in Shaanxi province, northern China, resurfacing briefly in March 2010 and alleging he had been tortured. He disappeared again soon after.