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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tax case against Xu Zhiyong/OCI dismissed

Just noticed this on Xu Zhiyong's blog:

2010年8月21日下午,北京市公安局以公盟公司已缴纳罚款的理由,决定撤销公盟公司涉嫌偷税一案,发还了公司账目和扣押物品。与此同时,庄璐和许志永的取保候审解除。

公盟公司主体资格争议诉讼法院一直没有受理,直到现在还没有结果。但无论公盟公司主体资格是否存在,我们公民都将一如既往地推动公民社会的成长和建设。

感谢大家一直以来的关心和支持!!这是我们继续前进的动力,无论经历了什么困难,我们执着地坚守一个美好社会的理想。

Quick translation:

On Aug. 21, 2010, in the afternoon, the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau decided to dismiss the case of suspected tax evasion against Gongmeng Company [i.e., Xu's organization, known in English as the Open Constitution Initiative] on the grounds that Gongmeng Company had paid the fine. The PSB returned the company account books as well as other confiscated materials. At the same time, the release on bail of Zhuang Lu and Xu Zhiyong was dissolved [i.e., they are free unconditionally and not just out awaiting trial].

To date, the court has not accepted Gongmeng Company's case over its disputed legal status. But whatever Gongmeng Company's legal status, we citizens will continue just as before to promote the establishment and growth of civil society.

Thanks to everyone for your constant concern and support! This is our incentive to keep going. No matter what problems we encounter, we will stubbornly maintain our ideal of a good society.

Background for those who don't know: Here's a news story from the L.A. Times about the case, which began last summer.

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