US geologist jailed in China released, deported: rights group

Chinese police stand outside Beijing No. 2 Prison, from which a US geologist, jailed on state secrets charges, has been released and deported to the United States, a rights group saysA US geologist convicted on state secrets charges and imprisoned in China has been released and returned to the United States, a human rights group said. Xue Feng, who had been serving an eight-year sentence in Beijing No. 2 Prison, was immediately deported upon leaving jail, the US-based Dui Hua Foundation said in a release dated Friday. The rights group, which advocates clemency and better treatment for prisoners in China and had repeatedly raised Xue’s case with Chinese officials, said that he arrived in the US city of Houston on Friday evening. “Dui Hua is delighted that Dr. Xue has finally been reunited with his family in America after a terrible ordeal,” the San Francisco-based group’s executive director John Kamm said in the release.

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