China anti-corruption activist beaten by police: lawyers
BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese anti-corruption activist put on trial in what campaign groups say is a crackdown on dissent was beaten by police while in detention, lawyers said Thursday.
Liu Ping, together with Wei Zhongping and Li Sihua, faces a possible five year prison sentence for "illegal assembly" after the trio photographed themselves displaying banners calling for government officials to disclose their assets.
Defence lawyers told the court in Xinyu, in the central province of Jiangxi, that some of Liu Ping's testimony had been provided under duress.
"Police beat Liu while she was in the process of being detained, and also when she was held in a detention centre," Pu Zhiqiang told AFP.