China dissident jailed on Yahoo info to be freed
A Chinese dissident imprisoned for 10 years on a state subversion conviction supported by evidence from Web portal Yahoo is due to be released Friday after completing his term.
Wang Xiaoning's wife Yu Ling said Wednesday that the Beijing No. 2 Prison told her of his release and that she should meet him at the prison gate.
Wang was detained in September 2002 and later sentenced for "incitement to subvert state power" — a vaguely defined charge frequently used to punish political critics. Wang distributed pro-democracy writings by e-mail and through Yahoo Groups.
Yahoo Inc. started coming under fire in 2005 when rights groups complained that the company was cooperating with Chinese authorities, and that it had disclosed information about the online activities of Wang and a well-known journalist.