MI­CRO-BLOG­GER XUE GRANTED BAIL

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

Xue Charles Bi-Chuen, a mi­cro-blog­ger ar­rested in Au­gust on al­le­ga­tions of hav­ing group sex with pros­ti­tutes, has been granted bail with re­stricted lib­erty of move­ment, Bei­jing po­lice said on Wed­nes­day.

The po­lice said on its mi­cro blog that, given the fact that Xue has a se­ri­ous dis­ease, the po­lice de­cided to grant him bail.

Xue had been un­der de­ten­tion since his ar­rest, and it was not clear when he will be tried.

Xue apol­o­gized on Wed­nes­day to the vic­tims who were hurt by him through his for­ward­ing of on­line posts. He also apol­o­gized to his fam­ily mem­bers and on­line fol­low­ers for group sex ac­tiv­i­ties.

Op­er­at­ing as “Xue Manzi” on his mi­cro blog with 12 mil­lion fol­low­ers, Xue said he is­sued about 85,000 posts via his mi­cro blog, in­clud­ing un­ver­i­fied in­for­ma­tion later proved to be ru­mors. He also posted some ad­ver­tise­ments to make money.

Re­fer­ring to China’s move to crim­i­nal­ize the spread­ing of on­line ru­mors, Xue said “free­dom of speech can­not over­ride the law”.

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