26 Jun 2011

Leading Chinese activist Hu Jia freed

10:02 pm on 26 June 2011

One of China's most prominent dissidents, Hu Jia, has been released from prison.

His wife, Zeng Jingyan, a prominent activist in her own right, says he has now reunited with his family in Beijing.

Mr Hu, 37, served three-and-a-half years in prison for "inciting subversion" in 2008. His term had been set to end on Sunday.

The BBC reports that there is a heavy police presence outside Mr Hu's Beijing home and he now appears to be under some form of house arrest.

In 2007, he was placed under house arrest after he and his wife made a documentary about their experiences of living under constant police surveillance.

The move follows the release of the prominent artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday.

It also comes as the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is visiting Europe.