Police said Hu Mingfen and Liu Zhenggang were released. But in fact, nobody can get in touch with these two persons and their family members. More disturbingly, I learned just this afternoon that Liu Zhenggang was not originally released to go home, but he suffered a heart attack during the trial and then was hospitalized. Till now FAKE company has no way of knowing his illness and current condition.
Ai Weiwei told me today that he was not the actual controller of FAKE DESIGN, but only a designer. Nobody had given him financial statements to read, and he was not aware of tax-related issues. The ones who are aware of these issues are manager Liu Zhenggang and accountant Hu Mingfen, who can not be reached at the moment. The tax authority came to ask Ai Weiwei to sign and pay huge amount of taxes, otherwise they will "take away" Lu Qing, the corporate representative of FAKE Design. Ai Weiwei asked them to go ahead and take himself too.
Today, the tax authority of Beijing send a notice to "FAKE Design" company, informing that the company should pay back taxes and accept a fine (1.5 times of tax ammount; the tax law allows five times as the maximum punishment; it seems that the tax authority is a bit "merciful"). The total tax payback is around 5 million and the amount of fine is more than 7 million.