07 Apr '11, 2am

Outspoken Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was detained for suspected economic crimes, state media said

Outspoken Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was detained for suspected economic crimes, state media said

Chinese police said that prominent artist and rights activist Ai Weiwei (above) was under investigation for 'suspected economic crimes', the official Xinhua news agency reported. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING - OUTSPOKEN Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, the latest activist detained in a broad crackdown on dissent, is under investigation for suspected economic crimes, state media said Thursday. The Xinhua news agency said in a one-paragraph dispatch that police were investigating Ai - who was detained Sunday at Beijing's international airport while trying to board a flight to Hong Kong - 'in accordance with the law'. Beijing police refused to comment on the case when contacted by AFP. Ai's wife Lu Qing told AFP that she still had no official confirmation from police about the investigation, and that she also had no news about where her husband was being detained. 'I am waiting for new...

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