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Chinese dissident freed from prison after nine years: Reports

Published on Apr 30, 2014 12:06 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese activist who has spent nearly half his life in detention has been freed from prison, reports said on Wednesday, in a rare move amid clampdowns on other dissidents.

Mr Xu Wanping was released this week from the Yuzhou jail in the south-western mega-city of Chongqing, according to the New York-based campaign group Human Rights in China and United States-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA).

Mr Xu, a former factory worker and member of the outlawed Chinese Democracy Party, which advocates for an end to one-party rule, was sentenced in 2005 to 12 years in prison for "inciting subversion of state power".

He was freed this week after authorities in Chongqing granted him a three-year reduction, he told RFA on Wednesday, without specifying a reason.

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