Gao Zhisheng was arrested in November last year and tortured for
nearly two months before being released into house arrest. No one knew
where Lawyer Gao was but all knew he had been taken by the Public
Security Bureau (police).
Now in a taped interview, a senior Chinese government whistleblower has
revealed the extent of the torture and humiliation the lawyer suffered.
Now reports have surfaced that Lawyer Gao has suffered “unimaginable”
According to independent radio station Sound of Hope, an inside
source contacted the radio broadcaster, saying Lawyer Gao had been taken
by secret police to a secret location when he disappeared last November.
The move was designed to silence him and during the two months there, he
was stripped naked and attacked with electric batons until he passed out.
The source said that Gao did not compromise.
In a recorded telephone conversation the source said that one of the
most despicable methods they used was to force Gao to take medication
before stripping him and instructing a woman to lie down beside him. This
was videotaped and photographed and used as blackmail to threaten Gao’s
The source said it was a traumatic and unbearable experience for Gao
The revelations are all the more poignant given that he disappeared
from house arrest on August 7, the eve of the Olympics and his
whereabouts are currently unknown.
According to the source Lawyer Gao was being detained in a dark cell
24 hours a day, to the extent he did not know whether it was day or
The police humiliated him endlessly. When Gao lost consciousness
after severe beatings the police would urinate on his head.
The authorities told Gao it would be a ‘nice treat’ for Gao if he
were to be sentenced to prison, making the point they did not intend to
sentence him. They wanted to torture him to a point that he would prefer
Meanwhile the authorities continue to torture Gao’s family members.
The source said that Geng He, Gao Zhisheng’s wife and children had also
been detained although to what extent, the source did not say,.
At the end of the conversation the inside source told the SOH
reporter that Gao’s family has been transferred to an area in Hebei
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