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1/11/11 China (ChinaAid) – In an exclusive interview eight months ago with an American reporter, the famous Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng revealed details of some of the unspeakable torture he had suffered during his 14-month disappearance since February 2009 into government custody. In the exclusive report from the Associated Press on Monday Jan. 10, 2011, carried in The Washington Post under the headline, “Missing Chinese lawyer told of abuse,” The AP said that it had not reported immediately on the April 2010 interview in keeping with Gao’s wishes that “his account not be made public unless he went missing again or made it to ‘someplace safe’ like the United States or Europe.” Given that Gao disappeared again two weeks later and that there has been no word from or of him in the more than eight months since, The AP after consulting with his family decided to release the details of his interview. Speaking in a Beijing teahouse, Gao told of the police torture he endured after he was “disappeared” on Feb. 4, 2009, including a two-day, two-night beating session where police used handguns in holsters to pummel his bare body. Gao said this was the worst of the beatings he had ever endured and was the darkest point of the 14 months.

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