China releases democracy activist after nine years

November 6th, 2008 - 7:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Nov 6 (DPA) China Thursday released a well-known dissident after he served more than nine years of a 13-year prison sentence, a Hong Kong-based rights group said.Veteran activist Liu Xianbin was released from the Chandong prison in the south-western province of Sichuan, the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.

Liu, 40, had returned to his family in Sichuan province’s Suining city following his early release for good behaviour, the group said.

He was granted a sentence reduction of two years and eight months after working as a teacher at the prison, it said.

Liu was reportedly given an earlier one-year sentence reduction in May 2004.

His sentence was linked to his activities as a leading member of the banned China Democracy Party.

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