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Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has left US embassy, says US envoy

Beijing, Wed, 02 May 2012 ANI

Beijing, May 2 (ANI): U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke has confirmed that blind dissident Chen Guangcheng had spent six days inside the embassy compound, seeking asylum.

Locke told the Washington Post that Chen had left the embassy compound to be treated for a foot injury at a Beijing hospital.

It was the first official US confirmation that diplomats had been sheltering Chen, The Telegraph reports.

One of Chen's lawyers, Li Jingsong, said: "Today Chen is a free man. He does not need a lawyer to accompany him to the clinic, because it is not a criminal case. We are all so happy for him. We will meet soon to discuss how to take the next step".

As a lawyer I want to sue the officials in Linyi (his home town) who prosecuted Chen," Jingsong added.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has said it was extremely unhappy about the US Embassy giving refugee to Chen.

"The US method was interference in Chinese domestic affairs, and this is totally unacceptable to China. China demands that the United States apologise over this, thoroughly investigate this incident, punish those who are responsible, and give assurances that such incidents will not recur," Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said. (ANI)

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