Chi­nese writer set free

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A Chi­nese writer linked to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of an on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for the Chi­nese pres­i­dent’s res­ig­na­tion has been re­leased from cus­tody. Jia Jia, who was taken away by police on March 15 from a Bei­jing air­port, on Fri­day in­formed friends in a pri­vate so­cial me­dia group of his safety. His lawyer, Yan Xin, yes­ter­day con­firmed that Jia was free. “Thank you, ev­ery­one,” Jia posted on so­cial me­dia. “I dare not for­get your con­cerns.” Jia is is part of a probe into an anony­mous on­line let­ter that crit­i­cised Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and called for him to step down. “We don’t think Com­rade Xi Jin­ping has the abil­ity to lead the coun­try into the fu­ture. We don't think he’s suit­able,” said the let­ter, signed ‘Loyal Com­mu­nist Party Mem­bers’.

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