China has released a co-founder of a would-be opposition political party after he completed a 12-year jail term for endangering state security.
Qin Yongmin told reporters in telephone interviews Monday that he was taken from his cell and transported to a police station in his home city of Wuhan early in the morning.
He said officers confiscated his prison writings, which amounted to more than 20 million words and weighed hundreds of kilograms. He said they warned him before releasing him not to speak to reporters or meet other dissidents.
The 57-year-old dissident has a history of political activism and had already spent a number of years in prison before his latest conviction in 1998.
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