Abused Chinese Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng ‘Can Barely Talk,’ Wife Says

A file image of Chinese Human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. (NTD Television)
A file image of Chinese Human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. (NTD Television)

Despite being released from prison last week, dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng has been “utterly destroyed,” according to rights group Freedom Now.

His wife Geng He, who fled to the United States with their children in 2009, told Epoch Times: “He can barely talk—and only in very short sentences—most of the time he is unintelligible.”

Geng said in a statement that Gao has lost 50 pounds from being fed only one steamed bun and a bowl of cabbage each day, locked alone in a dark cell for five years, adding: “I am completely devastated by what the Chinese government has done to my husband.”

“The only thing I feared more than him being killed was his suffering relentless and horrific torture and being kept alive.”

Gao is currently under heavy surveillance at a relative’s home in Xinjiang Province. His wife said he has not been allowed to see a doctor, and is hoping he can get treatment in the United States.

“If President Xi Jinping has any sense of decency or humanity, after crushing my husband both physically and psychologically, the least he could do is allow me as a devoted wife to care for him,” she said in the statement.

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