Christian human rights lawyer, Li Heping, has returned home to Beijing after two years of detention and torture in Chinese custody. He was greeted by his family including his brother, also a human rights lawyer, who has shown signs of schizophrenia since his torture by Chinese police. Li was arrested during the “709 crackdown” on human rights activists in China and has been sentenced to three years in prison for “subversion of state power” with a four year suspension.
5/11/2017 China (China Aid) – A prominent human rights lawyer returned to a joyous reunion with family and friends today after suffering almost two years of immense torture at the hands of authorities in China’s northeastern Tianjin municipality.
Li Heping, a Christian human rights lawyer originally arrested on July 10, 2015, during the now infamous “709 crackdown” on attorneys who defended people targeted by the government, arrived at his home in Beijing at 2 p.m. on May 9 and was met by family and friends. During his time in prison, he experienced torture at the hands of his captors. According to his wife, Wang Qiaoling, he is weak and thin, and his black hair has turned completely gray, but he is in fine spirits.