Arab Today, arab today china\s ai weiwei barred from court in tax case
Last Updated : GMT 18:13:02
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

China\'s Ai Weiwei barred from court in tax case

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today China\'s Ai Weiwei barred from court in tax case

Tokyo - AFP

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said he has been barred from a court hearing Wednesday against a multi-million-dollar tax fine linked to a firm he founded, and accused authorities of seeking to "crush" him. Ai, an internationally acclaimed artist also renowned for his activism, disappeared into custody for 81 days last year as police rounded up dissidents amid online calls for Arab Spring-style protests in China. Upon his release, he was accused of tax evasion linked to Fake Cultural Development Ltd -- a company he founded, but which is legally registered in his wife's name. Lawyers for Fake have lodged an appeal against the charges, which Ai says are politically motivated and have no basis. He has accused the tax bureau of failing to follow correct procedures in the case. The 54-year-old said the bureau had never seen the full, original file brought against the company, which the police still hold, and Fake's lawyers had also not been allowed to review the evidence. "How can you accuse someone but not give them the right to ask where this allcame from?" he asked. "They are not professional and never intended to be professional, they just want to crush me." In November, the Beijing tax bureau issued a bill for 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) in alleged back taxes, giving the artist 15 days to pay it or hand over an 8.45-million-yuan guarantee. Ai was able to pay the guarantee -- needed by law to challenge the charge -- thanks to a wave of donations from supporters. In April, lawyers for Fake filed a lawsuit against the tax bureau, which is being heard later Wednesday. "They (police) have made clear their decision -- they said 'if you try to get to court, you will never get there'," Ai, who had planned to attend proceedings, told AFP. He said his wife Lu Qing, who is Fake's legal representative, will be attending. Ai was released on bail on June 22, 2011, and barred from leaving Beijing for one year. This restriction expires on Friday, but it remains unclear whether he will be allowed to travel out of the capital. The artist -- named the world's most powerful art figure by influential British magazine Art Review last year -- is renowned for his political activism, which has repeatedly angered the ruling Communist Party. He riled authorities with his investigation into the collapse of schools in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and into a 2010 fire at a Shanghai high-rise that killed dozens.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today china\s ai weiwei barred from court in tax case Arab Today, arab today china\s ai weiwei barred from court in tax case

 



Arab Today, arab today

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today china\s ai weiwei barred from court in tax case Arab Today, arab today china\s ai weiwei barred from court in tax case

 



Arab Today, arab today Designer prepared new set of ornaments

GMT 02:45 2017 Wednesday ,28 June

Designer prepared new set of ornaments
Arab Today, arab today France defies terrorism through tourism

GMT 15:18 2017 Saturday ,20 May

France defies terrorism through tourism
Arab Today, arab today Mai Al-Jeddawi presents décor ideas for Ramadan
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

GMT 08:23 2017 Saturday ,24 June

Actress Feryal Yussef received new drama offers

GMT 09:49 2017 Tuesday ,02 May

Girl barred from Malaysia chess competition

GMT 08:48 2017 Saturday ,06 May

Climate science: Bad news gets worse

GMT 16:25 2017 Sunday ,04 June

“Suhoor” is basic meal for fasting

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 11:09 2017 Sunday ,25 June

HUAWEI P10 the ‘guru’ of portrait shots

GMT 17:59 2017 Monday ,12 June

Designer Rania Adel reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday