BEIJING (AP) — A well-known Chinese microblogger who raised questions about a government plan to build an oil refinery has been detained on a seldom-used charge involving registering a business.
Supporters of Dong Rubin say his detention Tuesday in the southern Chinese city of Kunming is retribution by authorities for his activism. It comes amid a national campaign by China’s leaders to clamp down on what they call online rumors and efforts to erode the rule of the Communist Party through lies and negative news.
Dong’s lawyer, Xiao Dongzhi, on Thursday confirmed his client’s detention, saying he was charged with inflating the amount of his business’ capital when he registered it. Xiao noted that there was no victim in the transaction and that the charge is rarely leveled against anyone.
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