in China, being gagged means…

“deprivation of political rights”

“In the first official comments about Hu’s release at the weekend, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said he faced “deprivation of political rights” – essentially a ban on political activities that typically bars media interviews.”

Full story here.

And in relation to the law and the charge of tax evasion, HuffPost reports: “Again, the rule of law in China takes a back seat to politics and Party supremacy.”

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