THE wife of labour activist Zhou Guoqiang has disappeared, effectively preventing her from filing a lawsuit designed to nullify his incarceration.
A source close to Mrs Zhou's family in Hunan said yesterday that she had returned to Changsha, the provincial capital, last Tuesday to see her mother.
'She disappeared a day after her arrival,' a source said. 'Before her disappearance, she left word expressing fears about her safety.' The source quoted family members as saying they feared she had been detained by local police.
Mrs Zhou was due to return to the nation's capital today to finalise details for the litigation against the Beijing police and the Re-education through Labour Administration.
It is understood that because of lack of money and pressure from the Government, Mrs Zhou and a sister of Zhou have had difficulty finding legal counsel.
Earlier this month, Mrs Zhou revealed that Zhou, a lawyer who had been active in the underground labour union movement prior to the June 4, 1989, crackdown, had been sentenced to three years in a re-education through labour camp.