After three and a half years in prison, activist Hu Jia has been released and returned home to be with his wife and young daughter. From Reuters:
Hu was convicted in 2008 for “inciting subversion of state power” for criticizing human rights restrictions in China, and was seen by some supporters as a potential recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize before it went to another jailed Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, last year.
“He is back home with his parents and me,” his wife, Zeng Jingyan, told Reuters in a brief telephone interview.
“I don’t know if he can speak later. At the moment, I want everything to be peaceful. I’m worried that doing interviews at this stage might cause problems. Please understand.”
She and other rights activists have voiced concern in the past that Chinese authorities might impose restrictions on him amounting to a form of house arrest after his formal release.
His wife, Zeng Jinyan, announced his release on Twitter.
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