Jul 09, 2017 Entertainment Comments Off on Liu Xiaobo asks to receive treatment overseas
The Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has expressed to foreign doctors that he would like to go overseas for medical treatment. The Nobel peace prize winner is in the late stages of terminal liver cancer. He is currently in hospital in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang.
Liu's friend and former lawyer Shang Baojun told the Associated Press that the democracy activist had been visited on Saturday by doctors from the United States and Germany. Shang said Liu had expressed his wish to travel abroad for treatment, preferably to Germany.
A statement from the hospital confirmed the visit. It also said however that Chinese experts had ruled out a transfer for Liu, claiming it "would not be safe."
Liu was granted medical parole after he was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in May. He has been in prison for the last seven years after being convicted in 2009 of subverting state power. The charge related to his part in drafting the 2008 document Charter 08, which called for democratic reforms and an end to one-party rule in China. He was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2010. Liu is 61 years old.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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