A Businessman’s Getaway from China

Harald Jürgs is back in Haselau, Germany. He had been held in China for more than three months on what appeared to be murky claims in a business dispute, and reportedly managed to flee the country across an unspecified border river.

The Chinese claimants had put him under pressure, allegedly with help from a court in Changsha, Hunan Province, which banned Jürgs from leaving the country, and protracted the legal proceedings. “They wanted to wear me down”, the Hamburger Abendblatt quotes Jürgs. “I met others there who had paid in similar cases to be allowed to move freely again.”

Jürgs also criticized the German embassy for letting him down. He never made it beyond the reception there, writes the Abendblatt. As this was civil action, the embassy wasn’t entitled to act, he was told. Instead, he was given a list of solicitors.

The first court hearing in Changsha is scheduled to start on Wednesday. Jürgs will be represented by a lawyer.

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