Chinese dissident Ai Wei Wei 'barred from attending court'

The Chinese artist and dissident Ai Wei Wei has said he has been barred from showing up in court to hear the verdict of his appeal against a $2 million fine for tax evasion.

Ai is urging a Beijing court to overturn the city tax office's rejection of his appeal against the tax evasion penalty imposed on the company he works for.

He has said that the case is designed to muzzle him and that he has "absolutely no hope" the court will rule in his favour.