US doctor, advocate denied visit to China activist Zhu Yufu
BEIJING (AP) - A physician and a human rights advocate, both Americans, said they were denied a medical visit to an ailing Chinese democracy activist in a jail in eastern China on Saturday and held briefly inside the prison.
Dr Devra Marcus and human rights advocate Kody Kness were trying to make a humanitarian visit to Zhu Yufu, who is serving a seven-year sentence on a conviction of inciting subversion and is believed to be in poor health in the prison in Zhejiang province.
Mr Kness said their request for a visit was denied on the ground that they are foreigners, and that he and Dr Marcus were held after he used his cellphone to take a photo outside the office of a prison functionary they had been dealing with. Mr Kness said he wanted to photograph the office plaque to keep as a record because the functionary had refused to identify himself. The photo-taking act, though, apparently upset the functionary, who became furious and took away Mr Kness' cellphone, Mr Kness said.
"He was unapproachable, and we were apologetic," Mr Kness said.