Parole plea for dissident rejected


The wife of one of China's best known dissidents says a request for a medical parole for her jailed husband has been rejected. Zeng Jinyan appealed last week to the Beijing prison authorities, saying her husband, Hu Jia, has a serious disease she fears could turn into liver cancer. But a prison hospital doctor told Mr Hu's mother that the request has been tuned down and Mr Hu has been moved from the prison hospital back to his cell. He is serving a three-and-a-half jail term for sedition.

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