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Chinese Activist Accuses Shanghai Police of Undermining Rule of Law

FILE - Chinese activist Feng Zhenghu in 2010 / VOA Mandarin
FILE - Chinese activist Feng Zhenghu in 2010 / VOA Mandarin
A Chinese rights activist says police who confiscated personal items from his Shanghai home are undermining the rule of law espoused by China's new leadership.

In a phone interview with VOA Monday, Feng Zhenghu called for an investigation into the seizure of his items in 11 police raids on his home between April 2010 and December 2012.

Feng said he has suffered financial damage from the loss of the confiscated property, which includes 16 computers and several phones. He said police have ignored laws that require them to return the items within 30 days of seizure.

"Because several of my items have not been returned, it not only harms me, but it also greatly harms the laws of this nation. If you esteem China's laws, then you must quickly return the those things and not drag it out for several years. If you don't esteem the law, then you're merely paying lip service to the leadership's words," said Feng. "That's not rule of law, that's another matter. Right now, my concern is different. It is whether or not the new leadership esteems the law."

Feng said he has demanded the return of his belongings many times. He said police have brushed aside those appeals. There was no immediate comment from Chinese authorities on the activist's case.

Feng said he has been under constant police monitoring for his human rights-related activities since 2010, when China allowed him to return home from Tokyo's Narita airport, where he had been stranded for three months.

VOA's Mandarin Service contributed to this report.

Michael Lipin

Michael covers international news for VOA on the web, radio and TV, specializing in the Middle East and East Asia Pacific. Follow him on Twitter @Michael_Lipin

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