31 August 2012
(c) 2012 Kyodo News
HONG KONG, Aug. 31 -- A Chinese dissident who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for "inciting subversion" after Internet giant Yahoo turned over identification materials that led to his conviction was released from prison, human rights groups said Friday.
Yu Ling, the wife of Wang Xiaoning, told the Chinese Human Rights Defenders that she and her son were taken away by police Thursday night before they reunited with Wang and were sent home in the early morning.
She said Wang, 62, was happy to return home but turned down interview requests as he has been stripped of his political rights for the next two years.
Wang was arrested by state security police in 2002 for having posted documents in an online journal calling for a multiparty democracy in China while criticizing the ruling Communist Party as being a corrupt dictatorship.
He was also indicted for communicating with the leader of the overseas China Social Democratic Party via his Yahoo email account and promoting the setting up a "Chinese Third Way Party" to replace the Communist Party, according to the court ruling.
Wang did not dispute the facts in the case but he denied inciting subversion.
According to the court ruling, Yahoo China, a subsidiary of Yahoo Hong Kong, helped identify the email accounts Wang used to distribute the articles, leading to his incrimination.
Yahoo also submitted to Chinese authorities information including the IP address, email address, telephone number and mailing address of mainland journalist Shi Tao, which eventually led to Shi's arrest and conviction in 2005 for exposing government censorship in media.
The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said Yahoo later settled out of court a large sum of compensation with the families of both Wang and Shi.
Several supporters and people he met while in prison were warned against meeting with him, the Hong Kong-based center said.