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Swede released from detention in China

Published måndag 25 januari 2016 kl 17.45
Peter Dahlin i kinesisk tv. Foto: TT.
Peter Dahlin on Chinese state television, before he was released. Photo: TT.

The Swedish human rights worker Peter Dahlin, who had been imprisoned in China since January 3, allegedly having posed a threat to Chinese national security, has been released and deported from China, the activist's father confirmed for Swedish Radio News.

Dahlin works for an organization in China that provides legal assistance for human rights activists. He was accused of forming an unlicensed group in China that "fabricated and distorted" information about the country, and was featured on Chinese state television making a confessional statement. The organization he works for has rejected the accusation, reports Swedish Radio News. 

Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a written statement that she had received information today from the Chinese authorities that Dahlin had been released.

"This has happened after close contact between the Swedish foreign ministry and Chinese representatives," she wrote, adding that at the same time, she remains concerned about the detained Swedish citizen Gui Minhai, and that the ministry's efforts to gain clarity around his situation, continue unabated.

Minhai was arrested independently of Dahlin and is still being held in jail.

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