Ai Weiwei: I Won’t Pay Tax Fine

    FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2011 file photo, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei opens his jacket to reveal a shirt bearing his portrait as he walks into the Beijing Local Taxation Bureau in Beijing. Ai said Wednesday, May 9, 2012, a court in Beijing has accepted a lawsuit filed by his design firm, Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., against the No. 2 Inspection Squad of the Beijing tax bureau for levying a $2.4 million bill on his company.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

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    Activist Chinese artist Ai Weiwei lost his final appeal on Thursday against charges of tax evasion—but he said he would not pay the rest of the $2.4 million fine. Ai’s design company earlier submitted a guarantee that it could pay $1.3 million of the fine, and Ai said he would not pay the difference after it is automatically collected. Ai has accused the tax bureau of intimation in handling witnesses, gathering evidence and company accounts—all against the law. Ai said authorities had violated his rights by refusing to let him know at least three days in advance of the hearing, instead contacting him by phone on Wednesday—and he said authorities have not returned his passport.

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