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Ai Weiwei released on conditions

Posted by Sebastian Smee  June 22, 2011 12:46 PM

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ai weiwei.jpgArtist Ai Wewei was released by Chinese authorities on bail. He had been detained for two months without access to a lawyer.

He was released late Wednesday after pleading guilty to tax evasion. He told the BBC he was in good health, and happy to be home. He expressed gratitude to the media for the attention it gave him, but said he could not speak to the media about his case.

Xinhua news agency reported that Ai was suffering from a chronic illness. It reported that he had offered to repay his taxes and was being released because of his "good attitude in confessing his crimes."


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The Boston Globe Journalist Series: Sebastian Smee
Sebastian Smee is the Globe's art critic, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He joined the paper's staff from Sydney, where he served as the national art critic for The Australian. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @SebastianSmee. Read Smee's full bio.

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