China | China to release last Tiananmen prisoner, says US rights group

China to release last Tiananmen prisoner, says US rights group

May 4, 2016 3:07 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP/ABC)

China is planning to release the last prisoner known to be held in connection with the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests after nearly three decades in jail, a US-based human rights group says.

A man stands in front of a column of tanks on Chang'an avenue near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in this file photo
A man stands in front of a column of tanks on Chang’an Avenue near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in this file photo

Miao Deshun, 51, is due to be released in October, the Duihua Foundation said, after serving more than 27 years in prison for his involvement in the mass demonstrations that were brutally put down by China’s government.

Chinese courts originally gave him a suspended death sentence for arson after he and “four co-workers allegedly threw a basket onto a burning tank”, it said. Read More

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