January 31, 2017
Beijing reportedly considers him to be more dangerous than slain al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. That should explain the harsh treatment that detained Christian human rights lawyer Li Heping has been subjected to.
In a report by the Christian human rights organisation China Aid, Li’s wife, Wang Qiaoling, confirmed that her husband and another detained Christian lawyer, Wang Quanzhang, had been subjected to electric shocks and other forms of torture..
The two lawyers had been charged with “subverting state power.”
In an apparent indication of the gravity of the torture, Li’s wife told China Aid that her husband fainted several times during one electric shock session.
Li and Wang were first taken into police custody in 2015 as part of a nationwide round-up of human rights lawyers in China, according to China Aid. However, Li reportedly “vanished” while in police custody that year.
He apparently reappeared and was formally arrested on Jan. 20, 2016, and has since then been locked up at the Tianjin Municipal Detention Center No.1.
A Chinese security agent once told a reporter from The Guardian that Beijing considers Li to be “more dangerous than Bin Laden.”