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Wife of jailed China Nobel laureate had heart attack: Amnesty

Published on Mar 25, 2014 6:28 PM
 
A demonstrator holds a banner before a march to the China Liaison office as they rally in support of Liu Xia (right, seen on banner), the wife of imprisoned Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, in Hong Kong on March 7, 2014. The wife of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo suffered a heart attack two months ago and has been diagnosed with depression after years of house arrest, a rights group said Tuesday, March 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - The wife of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo suffered a heart attack two months ago and has been diagnosed with depression after years of house arrest, a rights group said Tuesday.

Liu Xia, 53, has not been charged with any crime but has been held under house arrest since 2010, when her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while serving an 11-year jail sentence for subversion.

Liu Xia suffered a heart attack in January, but was treated at a hospital in Beijing and her physical condition has since improved, London-based rights group Amnesty International said in a statement.

But doctors in Beijing diagnosed her with "psychological stress, anxiety and depression", and warned that her depression was likely to worsen unless her living conditions change, it said.

 
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