Great news! She's been released!
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese Internet dissident Liu Di has been released from a Beijing prison after being held for a year without charges, a Hong Kong rights group said.
Liu, 23, who used the online name of Stainless Steel Mouse, was released from Qincheng Prison on parole Friday afternoon, according to her father Liu Qinghua, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said.
Her case has drawn widespread attention both in and outside of China as a reflection of the government's policy to severely curb any political opposition to the ruling Communist Party on the Internet.
The release comes ahead of a visit to Beijing by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Monday and of Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Washington later next week. Human rights issues are expected to be discussed during both visits.
Would she have been released if not for trade and political pressure? Kudos to the blogosphere and the press (yikes!) for keeping the focus on these cases.