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China Releases Activist Ai Weiwei On Bail

PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been freed on bail after more than two months in custody.

Chinese state media, citing the Beijing Police Department, report that he was released because of "his good attitude in confessing his crimes" and because he suffers from a "chronic disease."

"Ai Weiwei must now be granted his full liberty, and not be held in illegal house arrest as has been the pattern with so many others recently released from arbitrary detention," said Catherine Baber of Amnesty International.

"His release can be seen as a tokenistic move by the government to deflect mounting criticism," said Baber.

The Chinese government alleges that Ai Weiwei evaded taxes.

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