Chinese dissident goes into exile in US, claims torture

January 13, 2012 07:30


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BEIJING - One of China's most prominent Christian dissidents, Yu Jie, has gone into exile to the United States after he said he was tortured in a crackdown on dissent, he told Reuters on Friday.

Yu said he would give a detailed account of abuse and beating he suffered in detention, probably when he testifies before a US Congressional panel planned for next week.

He said his treatment deteriorated sharply after his fellow dissident, Liu Xiaobo, won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

"My circumstances dramatically worsened, and I experienced extremely cruel torture," Yu said by telephone from near Washington D.C.

"A few days before the ceremony for awarding Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Prize, I was kidnapped and several people stripped me and beat me to the point where I collapsed and had to be taken to hospital to be saved," he said.

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