Ai Weiwei Appeal Rejected

    Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (C) speaks to the media inside his compound in Beijing as the verdict of his court hearing is announced on July 20, 2012.  Ai Weiwei lost his appeal against a multi-million-dollar tax fine on a company he founded, his lawyer said.     AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Ai Weiwei’s appeal of a fine for tax evasion has been rejected—and the activist and artist has been barred from attending court to even hear his verdict announced. The controversial Chinese dissident and his supporters argue that the fine is motivated by politics rather than by law. “We will keep appealing, until the day comes when we have nothing to lose,” he tweeted. And his lawyer, who was allowed to hear the verdict, called it “totally without reason.” After being released from nearly three months of detention without a charge last year, Ai was accused of tax evasion.

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