Dissident Liu’s widow ‘allowed to leave China’

Dissident Liu’s widow ‘allowed to leave China’

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The widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has been allowed to leave the country, boarding a flight for Germany, reports say. Liu Xia, who had been under house arrest since her husband won the prize in 2010, took a plane to Berlin, family friends told the BBC.

Her husband, a university professor turned human rights campaigner, was jailed in 2009 for inciting 'subversion'. He died of liver cancer last year and his body was buried at sea. Liu Xia has never been charged with any crime but said in May she was ready to die in protest at her continued detention.

She took a Finnair flight from Beijing to Berlin at 11:00 local time (03:00 GMT) on Tuesday, a friend, Ye Du, told news agencies. While there was no immediate comment from its embassy, Germany had been urging China to allow Mrs Liu to leave. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is in Germany this week.

Western diplomats reportedly tried to visit Mrs Liu at her Beijing flat in May but were refused entry. News of her departure comes three days before the anniversary of her husband's death. (UNI)