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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 

Good News: Hu Jia Released!

Chinese AIDS activist Hu Jia, who was reportedly gone missing for over a month, has been released from detention, according to his wife, Zeng Jinyan, who wrote in her blog that:
"Hu Jia gave me a phone call saying he has been released, but we still haven't met face-to-face. If there is more news, I'll announce it on the blog." [via RConversation]

Update 03/29/2006: Hu Jia's wife has just updated her blog with more news on Hu Jia's release. Rebecca Mackinnon has summarized the main points as follow:
"She reports on her blog that he was dropped off by police yesterday outside a shopping center about an hour's walk from his home on the outskirts of Beijing. In the 41 days of his detention he had no idea what was happening in the outside world. She says he returned exhausted, witha long beard. She took him to the hospital for a checkup in the morning and they found liver problems [note: early cirrhosis of the liver" according to a RFA report] he hasn't had before."
Feng37 has translated the entire blog post into English.

In an interview with RFA today (the interview is also available for as a downloadable mp3 in Mandarin Chinese), Hu Jia spoke about the details of how he was kidnapped by the police and things happened during his detention.
"I was kidnapped by police at around 9 am on Feb. 22. I was told yesterday that they would be able to release me, and in the morning they dropped me off about an hour’s walk from my house. They didn’t bring me home, but made we walk the rest of the way.

On the morning of the Feb. 22 I was heading out to a meeting of non-governmental AIDS organizations and the State Security Bureau of the Tongzhou county police department had already checked with their superiors and said I could go – at the time I was under house arrest.

But they said I had to go in to the meeting in a police car. I wasn’t in the slightest bit suspicious, and I got into the police vehicle. But then I realized that the four officers in the police vehicle weren’t the same as the ones from before.

They were heavies; I’d never seen them before. They drove me out to a remote area where there weren’t any people and one of the guys in front turned around and said to the others – get him sorted out for me. And they immediately grabbed me and got me into that position they use for restraining criminals, called the jetliner position…"

"I've always felt this life is like cat and mouse, but I'm the cat," he said. "They're breaking the law and they know it, and I'm going to sue them to show them and the world that people can defend their rights." Hu Jia was quoted as saying in an interview with Reuters.

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