Liu Xia, wife of late China dissident, left for Berlin: Report

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    Liu Xia was last seen in an official photo taken on July 2017 during a ceremony for her late husband [File: AP]

    Liu Xia, the widow of late Chinese political dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, has left Beijing on a flight to Berlin, according to news reports.

    The South China Morning Post reported that Liu Xia left for Germany on Tuesday morning.

    A Reuters news report quoting the BBC said that Liu Xia took a Finnair flight that departed from Beijing at 0300 GMT. It gave no further details of her travel plans.

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    Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer in July 2017 in Chinese custody, having been jailed in 2009 for inciting subversion.

    Liu Xia, a poet who stayed out of politics, had been under house arrest since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, and Beijing has been under pressure to allow her to leave China.

    She was never charged with an offence, but was kept guarded and largely isolated for more than seven years in the apartment she once shared with her husband.

    She was last seen in an official photo taken on July 2017,  in which she and a few relatives lowered an urn containing Liu Xiaobo’s ashes into the Pacific Ocean near Dalian, a city in northeast China.

    The United Nations, United States, European Union and other foreign governments and groups have urged China to lift restrictions on Liu Xia’s movements.

    But China has lambasted calls for her release, saying it was an internal matter.

    View the original article: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/liu-xia-wife-late-china-dissident-left-berlin-report-180710052434027.html

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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