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Ai Weiwei Accused of (Though Still Not Charged With) Tax Evasion

China’s official Xinhua news agency has reported that the Beijing police have reported that a company run by dissident artist Ai Weiwei—who was taken into custody without explanation in early April—”was found to have evaded ‘a huge amount’ of tax.”

The Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd. was also found to have intentionally destroyed accounting documents, the police authorities told Xinhua, citing an initial investigation.

The police also described Ai’s detention as “residence surveillance”—though the artist is not under house arrest, but being held somewhere undisclosed. Ai’s wife, Lu Qing, was

allowed to visit

him for the first time this past Sunday, at “a location she did not recognize,” but was not permitted to discuss the case with him. And despite today’s claims about tax evasion, formal charges against Ai have yet to announced; the

30-day legal limit

for detention without charges passed

more than two weeks ago

.

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