China fuels uncertainty on fate of researcher – Jim Yardley
From the New York Times, via the International Herald Tribune (link):
The United States government again pressed China on Thursday about the status of a jailed researcher for The New York Times, but the uncertainty about his fate deepened as a Chinese government spokesman appeared to cast doubt on whether the researcher would soon be released.
The case against Zhao Yan, 44, a Chinese researcher in the Beijing bureau of The Times, was withdrawn last Friday by a court order. His lawyer said the withdrawal of the charges against him – one count of fraud and another of disclosing state secrets to The Times – meant that Zhao would soon be released, possibly on an equivalent to bail.
But Chinese authorities have since remained silent about his status and Zhao is still behind bars.