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Liu Xia lands in Berlin, free at last

2018-07-10 HKT 23:35
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Liu Xia, the widow of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has arrived in Germany after being freed from years of house arrest in China.

She arrived in Berlin on a Finnair flight from Helsinki, three days before the first anniversary of her husband's death from liver cancer.

Liu Xia, a poet, was put under house arrest in 2010 shortly after her husband was detained on subversion charges. He died in custody in July 2017, just weeks after the authorities said he had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.

His wife, who has never been accused of any crime, was reported to have been suffering from depression. In May, one of her friends, Liao Yiwu, quoted her as saying "dying is easier than staying alive" since her husband's death.

Liao released a recording of a telephone conversation with Liu Xia where they discussed her wish to leave China and go to Germany.

Berlin stated publicly that it would welcome Liu Xia and said it had been discussing her case with Beijing and would continue to do so.

Her departure from China came as Premier Li Keqiang was on a visit to Germany. He had held talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday.

However concerns remain about Liu's brother, Liu Hui. He was convicted of fraud and imprisoned in a case supporters say was in retaliation for the attention his brother-in-law received as the 2010 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

He has since been released on medical parole, but campaigners say his continued freedom is dependent on his sister keeping a low profile. (Additional reporting by AFP, AP)