China Says Detained Artist Ai Weiwei’s Company Evaded a "Huge Amount" of Taxes


BEIJING (REUTERS).- Chinese police said a company controlled by artist Ai Weiwei had evaded a “huge amount” of taxes, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday, the first indication of the “economic crimes” behind his detention, which has triggered an international outcry. Ai’s sister, Gao Ge, said his family had not been officially notified of the tax accusations, which she said were another unfounded effort by the police to justify holding Ai. Supporters say he is the victim of a crackdown on dissent. The Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., which has helped produce Ai’s internationally renowned art and designs, “was found to have evaded ‘a huge amount’ of tax” and also to have “intentionally destroyed accounting documents,” Xinhua said, citing unnamed police. The brief report also said Ai has been “under residential