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China frees Yahoo dissident after 10 years

Published on Sep 1, 2012 6:50 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese dissident convicted based on evidence provided by United States (US) Internet giant Yahoo! was released from prison on Friday after serving a 10-year term for subversion, his wife said.

Mr Wang Xiaoning, who spent a decade in jail for calling for democratic reform in China and criticising one-party rule, was released from prison early on Friday "in a good mental and physical state", his wife Yu Ling told AFP.

The 62-year-old became a cause celebre after a Beijing court named Yahoo Holdings (Hong Kong) as the source of evidence that led to his 2003 conviction, in a public relations disaster for the company.

Ms Yu said she had "stayed up half the night" in a police station waiting for her husband, after police visited her house to inform her of his release.

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