Prominent liberal businessman arrested in China
BEIJING (AFP) - Police on Friday detained an outspoken Chinese businessman who had called for the release of a prominent lawyer arrested as part of a crackdown on anti-corruption activists, a friend told AFP.
Mr Wang Gongquan was detained at his home in Beijing on suspicion of "assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place", writer Xiao Shu said, adding that Mr Wang's family member told him of the arrest.
Mr Wang, a wealthy venture capitalist, had publicly called for Mr Xu Zhiyong, a lawyer who had assisted other campaigners arrested for demanding that government officials disclose their assets, to be freed.
Rights groups have reported a crackdown on political activists since President Xi Jinping was formally appointed in March, with at least 30 said to have been detained.