RELATIVES have again been refused permission to visit dissident Wei Jingsheng, removed by the authorities a year ago. Wei Shanshan, Wei's sister who lives in Hamburg, was apparently stonewalled by the authorities last month when she returned to Beijing in an attempt to visit her brother. Marie Holzmann, a family friend who accompanied Ms Wei during her visit, said the authorities refused to tell them where the 45-year-old former electric worker - regarded as China's most famous dissident - is being held. 'Officials just said Wei is in good health,' said Ms Holzmann. She said officials had also implied he has no problems with his living conditions. Wei was seized in April last year but the authorities have not yet announced his alleged crimes. He had been released in September 1993 after serving 141/2 years of a 15-year sentence for 'counter-revolutionary' activities. The family has so far been unable to visit him. Ms Holzmann said in Hong Kong yesterday that Ms Wei had visited the Beijing Public Security Bureau, the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People's Court and the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to request to see her brother. 'Every time she was received by an adequate person who knew about Wei's case. But all they told her was: 'We can't tell you where he is', 'You may not see him', and 'You can't leave letters for him', ' said Ms Holzmann, who has been campaigning for Wei since he was first arrested in 1979. The dissident community in Beijing told Ms Holzmann the authorities had probably been moving Wei around in the past year. 'Nobody has any information about him. He's just disappeared. It's extremely depressing,' said Ms Holzmann. She also tried to petition President Jiang Zemin. But every authority refused to accept her letter. Ms Holzmann, 43, became a friend of Wei in 1978 when she was a translator at a foreign news agency in Beijing. 'When he got arrested, it was a great shock to me,' she said. She saw Wei last year, about three months before the dissident was re-arrested. Ms Holzmann said she felt 'lonely' in her fight in Europe for Wei's release. 'People in Europe find it hard to remember Chinese names . . . even some of those concerned about human rights in China.' Now she is planning to write a book on Wei, which she says is perhaps the 'last thing' she can do for the dissident.