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China arrests prominent human rights lawyer in case watched by West

Published on Jun 13, 2014 9:35 PM
 
Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang talks to media in Beijing on July 20, 2012. The Chinese police said on Friday, June 13, 2014 they had arrested Pu on charges of causing a disturbance and illegal access to personal information, in a case that has sparked an outcry among rights workers in China and the West. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese police said on Friday they had arrested a prominent human right lawyers on charges of causing a disturbance and illegal access to personal information, in a case that has sparked an outcry among rights workers in China and the West.

Mr Pu Zhiqiang, one of China's most outspoken dissidents, was detained last month after he attended a meeting in a private home to commemorate the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

The police also detained four other activists but later released them.

The Beijing police had formally arrested Mr Pu on "suspicion of the crimes of causing a disturbance and illegal access to the personal information of citizens after approval from the prosecutors", the police said on their official microblog. "As for Pu Zhiqiang's other alleged crimes, the public security organs will conduct further investigation," the police said.

 
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