Wei Jingsheng

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 July, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 July, 1997, 12:00am

Two US legislators have urged the mainland Justice Minister to allow an international medical team to check on the health of dissident Wei Jingsheng. Representatives Tom Lantos and John Porter wrote to Justice Minister Xiao Yang about Wei, who has been jailed in Hebei for 'counter-revolutionary crimes'.

'Mr Wei has been regularly beaten and abused in a despicable manner by other prisoners,' they wrote. 'Even more atrocious are reports of prison officials condoning and rewarding this outrageous behaviour.'