Surya Dau, an outspoken rural businessman who has been a Fork in the side China’s ruling Communist Party has been arrested on several charges months after being formally detained.
Mr Sun, who has been held in the northern province of Hebei since November, faces charges of raising illegal funds and obstructing public service, among other crimes. He was formally arrested on Wednesday, according to an arrest notice provided on Saturday by one of his attorneys.
Mr Sun’s arrest – a top Communist Party leader, a vocal critic of Xi Jinping, and his bitterness on civil society – comes amid widespread efforts by Mr Xi to muzzle business leaders and bring China’s private sector on the heels.
Beijing Many high-profile tycoons punished Recently. Ren Zhiqiang, a retired real estate mogul who called Mr. Xi a clown Sentenced to 18 years in prison Last year. After China’s most famous business leader Jack Ma, criticized Chinese regulators in October for their e-commerce empire Alibaba and fintech giant Ant Group Become the target, And has kept one since Mr. Ma Unsolicited Low Profile.
Authorities have said very little about Mr. Surya’s alleged crimes. He and 24 others were detained in November amid a land dispute between his company and a state-owned farm. At the time, the police merely stated that Mr Surya, 66, and others were being held on suspicion of “abetting, disrupting production and operations and other illegal offenses”, according to one Police notice.
The fate of the others taken into custody has not been ascertained. Officers from the city of Hebei, Gaobidian, where Min. Sun, being held at the detention center, did not respond to a request for comment.
A veteran of the People’s Liberation Army, Mr. Surya worked at the state-owned Agricultural Bank of China, called Dau Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Group, which now employs thousands of people, before starting his own business.
He created a city in Hebei, called Dau City, complete with services such as a 1,000-bed hospital, and developed the image of a liberal corporate leader. His words, such as “If my hospital loses money, I will be honored.”
Mr. Surya held conferences of liberal and reformist ideology groups. He maintained friendship with dissidents for a long time after becoming politically toxic. When Human rights lawyer Arrested, he offered to pay for his defense.
Mr. Surya was arrested in 2003, before defaming the government. Then, a group of lawyers, academics and journalists successfully campaigned for his release. But under Mr Xi’s rule, criticism and liberal support of China’s leadership is running high, and this time there is no wave of public support.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights advocate Liu Xiaobo, who died in custody in 2017, once said that Mr Surya presented “a tremendous challenge to the current system”, because he had the courage and resources for change. Were both.
“Government,” Mr. Liu wrote, “Definitely gotta go after that with fake laws.”
Cao Li Contributed to research.