"In December 2006, Gao Zhisheng was sentenced to three years in prison with a
probation of five years, and deprived of political rights for a year for inciting
subversion of the state power. As his five-year probation came to an end at end of
2011, Xinhua News Agency issued a statement saying that the First Intermediary People's
Court of Beijing decided to revoke the probation of Gao Zhisheng and send him back
to jail due to his serious violation of probation rules. However, the statement
neither mentioned the rules Gao had violated, nor his long-time disappearance which
lasted twenty months.
"In the early morning of February 4, 2009, Gao Zhisheng was taken away by the
police from his hometown in north Shan'an Xi right in front of his families.
"In early 2009, Gao Zhisheng's wife, daughter and son fled China, and came to
the United States as refugees.
"After his kidnap, the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, the police and other
sauces (sic) gave different accounts of his whereabouts. No accurate information was available
till March 27, 2010."
Focal Point: Whether Gao Zhiyi Will Be Allowed to Visit Gao Zhisheng