Ai Weiwei says he can sue the government over his ongoing tax case. But there's a catch -- the dissident Chinese artist must produce an official company seal seized by authorities when Ai was arrested last year.
"We can't get the seal back," Ai told Reuters. "It's in the hands of the police. It's very much a catch-22."
Ai sued officials over a $2.4-million tax evasion penalty on Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., the company that produced his art. Lu Qing, Ai's wife and the company's legal representative, was set to hear Friday if the court would accept the lawsuit and allow Ai access to documents he says Beijing authorities have denied.
Reuters reports that the court required Lu to produce the seal; Ai says they will hear within a week if the requirement will be waived.