BEIJING – China’s jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer said Monday.
Liu, who had about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed on May 23 and was released days later, said lawyer Mo Shaoping.
The 61-year-old democracy campaigner was being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang.
“He has no special plans. He is just receiving medical treatment for his illness,” Mo said.
The writer was jailed in 2009 for “subversion” after spearheading a bold petition for democratic reforms.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later. He is one of only three people to have won the award while jailed by their own government.
China strongly condemned his Nobel Prize as unwanted foreign interference in its internal affairs, and refused to allow him to attend the ceremony in Oslo — …