China - Hu Jia allowed visit by family, surveillance of home stepped up

    MONTREAL, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - After imprisoned human rights activist
Hu Jia was formally charged on 29 January, police stepped up surveillance of
the home he shares with his wife in a Beijing apartment building. The police
took over an apartment (No. 552) near the couple's apartment (No. 542) and
three security cameras were installed in the grounds of the complex. Between
four and eight policemen continue to be stationed permanently at the entrance
to the building.
    According to Radio Free Asia, Hu Jia received a visit from his lawyer
Li Jinsong in prison on 4 February. The lawyer said Hu showed no sign of being
mistreated. His three cell-mates are non-political detainees.
    Hu Jia's parents and his wife, Zeng Jinyan, were able to visit him on
10 February, but Zeng was not allowed to take their baby daughter. Several
prison guards monitored the meeting. Zeng said Jia appeared "tired and
stressed." The prison has given him the medicine he needs.
    Zeng has received permission to leave the apartment three times in the
past two weeks. On two of these occasions, she took the baby to see a doctor.
Each time she went out, neighbours said they saw policemen enter the
    On 11 February, Zeng recovered several items previously confiscated by
the police, including her mobile phone.
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