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Ai Weiwei's firm granted hearing with tax agency

Ai Weiwei's firm granted hearing with tax agency

A lawyer representing the design firm of outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says the company has been granted a closed hearing Thursday to challenge a $1.85 million tax bill delivered by authorities after the dissident was released from nearly three months' detention.
The prominent government critic was the most high-profile target of a sweeping crackdown on activists this year and his detention sparked an international outcry as some countries said it was a sign of China's deteriorating human rights situation.
Attorney Pu Zhiqiang said Wednesday the firm wanted the Beijing Local Taxation Bureau to provide proof of the alleged tax evasion and to return the company's financial records seized during Ai's detention.