China said to re­lease pro­fes­sor from de­ten­tion

The News Tribune - - Nation & World -

An out­spo­ken Chi­nese law pro­fes­sor who has de­nounced the Com­mu­nist Party’s harsh poli­cies under Xi Jin­ping was re­leased from de­ten­tion Sun­day, a week af­ter the po­lice took him away, two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the pro­fes­sor said.

The pro­fes­sor, Xu Zhangrun of Ts­inghua Univer­sity in Bei­jing, has been one of the few Chi­nese aca­demics will­ing to openly and bluntly crit­i­cize the Chi­nese government.

In two es­says this year, he said that of­fi­cial de­lay and pre­var­i­ca­tion had stoked the coro­n­avirus out­break that emerged in China late last year.

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