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China earthquake activist freed after five years: lawyer

Published on Mar 27, 2014 12:40 PM
 

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese activist who investigated whether shoddy construction caused the deaths of thousands of children when their schools collapsed in a 2008 earthquake was released Thursday after finishing a five-year jail term, his lawyer said.

Writer and campaigner Tan Zuoren was on his way home to Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, his lawyer Pu Zhiqiang told AFP by phone.

"He was released today. Now he's on the way home," Pu said.

Tan, 59, was sentenced for "inciting subversion of state power" in connection with several articles he published online about authorities' brutal crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.

 
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