Chinese government moves to close dissident artist Ai Weiwei's design company
Tuesday 02 October 2012
Chinese authorities are revoking the business licence of a design company associated with famed dissident artist Ai Weiwei.
A posting on the blog of legal consultant Liu Xiaoyuan said the district commercial affairs department had informed Ai that it was pulling the licence of Fake Cultural Development Ltd for failing to re-register.
A copy of the department's letter was posted to Mr Liu's blog.
That followed a court's ruling last week denying Ai's appeal against a $2.4 million (US) fine against the company for alleged tax evasion.
Ai claims the charges were fabricated and will not pay the 1.1 million US dollar balance on the fine, although authorities have confiscated the company's legal documents.
Ai was detained without explanation for three months last year, apparently as punishment for his political activism.
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awardsTheatre
Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin file for divorce after 10 years of marriage
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 4 Bookies now say Ed Miliband is more likely to be prime minister than David Cameron
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
Safe House, TV review: Plenty of teasers to keep us guessing but spare us the cliches
Britain's Got Talent 2015: RSPCA investigating Marc Metral's miming dog after cruelty complaints
Star Wars: Rogue One trailer: Watch the teaser for the Jedi-less Death Star heist film
Avengers Age of Ultron 'after credits' scene leaks online days before cinema release
Louis Tomlinson is launching his own record label and has already 'signed two acts'
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Katie Hopkins on LBC: Listen to caller taking The Sun columnist to task over migrant comments