Police detain Ai Weiwei for suspected economic crimes

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Ai Weiwei, shown in this file picture, has not been seen since Sunday when he was en route to Hong Kong,according to overseas reports.[File photo]

Ai Weiwei [File photo]

Ai Weiwei has been under investigation for suspected economic crimes in accordance with the law late Wednesday, according to China's police authorities.

Ai has not been seen since Sunday, when he and an assistant said on Twitter that they had been taken into custody en route to Hong Kong, overseas media reported.

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The detention of Ai was not reported by mainstream Chinese media, although there were a few discussions at online forums.

The New York Times said Ai's wife Lu Qing and several employees had also been taken into custody on Sunday.

Ministry of Public Security publicity department chief Wen Guohui did not respond to a fax sent to him by the Global Times seeking to know the condition of Ai.

The incident should be addressed and resolved through correct legal procedures, Shi Yinhong, a professor with the School of International Studies at Renmin University of China in Beijing, told the Global Times Tuesday. In recent years, he said, the authorities have been more cautious and considered in handling detention cases.

The incident would not polarize Chinese society, Shi said.

Ai's studio in Shanghai was torn down in January by local authorities alleging Ai had failed to follow proper application procedures.


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