Chinese artist and fierce government critic Ai Weiwei said Friday his challenge against a $2.4 million fine for alleged tax evasion that he says is politically motivated had failed.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei walks inside his home on the day of his court hearing in Beijing on July 20, 2012. Chinese artist and fierce government critic Ai has lost his appeal against a multi-million-dollar tax fine on a company he founded, his lawyer said.
Ai, who spent 81 days in secret detention last year as police rounded up dissidents amid online calls for Arab Spring-style protests in China, was barred from attending the Beijing Chaoyang court as the ruling was delivered.
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