Ching, who was reportedly in poor health and whose family had pushed for an early release on medical grounds, was freed on Monday ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday and was expected back in Hong Kong on Tuesday afternoon. No details were immediately available.
Lu Gengsong (吕耿松), a Hangzhou-based freelance writer and human rights defender detained since August 24, 2007, was sentenced to four years in prison and one year of political rights deprivation for “inciting subversion of state power” by the Hangzhou City Intermediate People’s Court on February 5.
Lu’s wife, daughter and two friends were present when the verdict was read. The court session lasted 15 minutes. Hangzhou Public Security Bureau (PSB) barred other supporters and friends from attending the verdict by either putting them under house arrest or, for those who arrived at the Court, preventing them from entering the courtroom. Lu’s trial on January 22 was also a closed trial.