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China tainted milk activist confirms jail release

China tainted milk activist confirms jail release

A Chinese activist who was jailed for protesting a massive tainted milk scandal has confirmed his release in telephone calls to his lawyers Friday, clearing up concerns over his whereabouts.
The release of Zhao Lianhai into medical parole after an apparent deal with authorities ends the public protest over the tainted milk products that sickened hundreds of thousands of children across China.
Zhao's son was one of them. Zhao's transformation from average citizen to activist came with an eventual prison sentence for inciting social disorder.
Zhao told his lawyers he was released Tuesday and is at a Beijing hospital and can see his family. Lawyer Li Fangping said Zhao said it's "not convenient" to see friends or the media.
Zhao could not be reached.


Updated : 2021-06-20 18:55 GMT+08:00