Detained employee reported as saying she has returned to parents home in Henan province but husband finds place deserted
The mystery surrounding the fate of a young Chinese activist entangled in a major human rights crackdown has grown after her husband was unable to locate her despite police claims she had been freed from detention.
Zhao Wei, a 24-year-old legal assistant, was taken into secret detention in July 2015 at the start of a government offensive against human rights lawyers.
On 7 July this year police said Zhao, an employee of the prominent human rights lawyer Li Heping, who was also detained last year but remains in custody, had been released on bail as a result of her confession to unnamed offences.
Speaking to Hong Kongs South China Morning Post this week from an unknown location Zhao claimed she had returned to her family home in Henan province and was staying with her parents.
However, when Zhaos husband visited that home in the city of Jiyuan this week he found the two-storey building deserted.
The doors and windows were all closed, You Minglei told the Guardian on Friday. I knocked for quite some time but there was nobody there. A neighbour said the family had not been home for a while.