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Chinese Dissident's Widow Allowed To Leave China

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Chinese Dissident's Widow Allowed To Leave China

Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, has arrived in Germany after fleeing Beijing, where she spent almost eight years under house arrest.

Liu Xiaobo died of lung cancer last July in a hospital in northeastern China, a month after he was granted medical parole from an 11-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion of state power."

Xiaobo, a university professor-turned-human rights campaigner, was jailed in 2009.

His wife had been under varying degrees of house arrest since his Nobel award in 2010, and had been prevented from leaving the country, even for medical treatment.

She left China on Tuesday for Berlin, her brother Liu Hui said, according to CNN and the BBC. Images later showed Liu Xia arriving at Helsinki International Airport. She was later seen being whisked away in a van from the runway at Berlin Airport.

Liu Xia, a poet, is said to have suffered from depression after spending years under heavy surveillance.

She has never been charged with any crime but said in May she was ready to die in protest at her continued detention.