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The case against , 44, a Chinese researcher in the Beijing bureau of The Times, was withdrawn last Friday by a court order.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.

March 23, 2006, 10:21 AM
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