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article imageChinese dissident in Yahoo case freed after 10 years

By Layne Weiss     Aug 31, 2012 in Internet
Beijing - A Chinese dissident convicted of state subversion charges supported by evidence from US Internet company Yahoo, has been released from a Beijing jail after completing his 10-year term.
Wang Xiaoning was freed Friday morning, his wife Yu Ling told BBC News. He has returned to their Beijing home.
"I'm very happy that finally I can be reunited with my husband after all these years," Yu said according to
The Associated Press.
"He was very excited to come out and see us," she told The NY Times. "He didn't sleep at all until just now."
Yahoo drew harsh condemnation from US lawmakers and rights advocates for providing information to Chinese authorities linking Wang to emails and political writings, BBC News reports.
A human rights group from the US filed a lawsuit on behalf of Wang and Chinese journalist Shi Tao, who was sentenced to a 10 year prison sentence in 2005. Yahoo had also provided the evidence leading to Tao's conviction.
Yahoo apologized and settled the lawsuit with the families involved for an undisclosed amount.
The Associated Press reports that the cases of Wang and Tao raised questions as to whether Internet companies should work with governments that deny freedom and speech and set limits on their journalists. Yahoo was also the subject of US congressional hearings where US lawmakers accused the company of helping an "oppressive regime."
In response, Yahoo told Congress that it had been legally obligated to provide the evidence, BBC News reports.
Upon his release Friday, Wang was told he was not to speak to the media, his wife told The NY Times Friday. Wang is also not permitted to participate in any protests or demonstrations, and cannot make public speeches.
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