[ Friday, March 17, 2006 08:41:23 pmAGENCIES ]
BEIJING: Dutch psychiatrists have determined that a prominent Chinese dissident who spent 13 years in a police-run psychiatric institution in Beijing did not have mental problems that would justify his incarceration, two human rights groups said on Thursday.
The psychiatrists spent two days testing the dissident, Wang Wanxing, in Germany five months after China released him and sent him abroad. They said in a statement that their examination "did not reveal any form of mental disorder".
The report could fuel charges that the police use a network of psychiatric prisons to silence political dissidents, often without trial.
Wang, 56, was confined to the psychiatric facility after he was detained in 1992 for unfurling a banner that criticised the Communist Party.
NYT News Service