China rights activist released from prison after 3 years Maureen Cosgrove at 1:57 PM ET
[JURIST] Prominent Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia [advocacy blog; JURIST news archive] was released from prison on Sunday after serving three years for a subversion conviction. Hu was formally charged in February 2008 and subsequently sentenced to more than three years in prison after he made public [JURIST reports] letters and recordings from Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng alleging that Gao was tortured into confessing to subversion charges. His appeals were denied [JURIST report]. It is likely that Hu will be placed on house arrest [Irish Times report], be deprived of his political rights for one year and be prohibited from speaking to the media.
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