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Chinese Reporter Freed After Pleading Guilty in Secrets Case

  • Gao Yu granted medical parole after court reduces sentence
  • Supporters credit leniency move on international pressure
Chinese journalist Gao Yu.

Chinese journalist Gao Yu.

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A Chinese journalist whose conviction for leaking secrets drew an international outcry has been released on medical parole after agreeing to quit fighting the charges and plead guilty.

Gao Yu, 71, was freed by Beijing’s Third Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday after an appeals court reduced her sentence to five years from seven years, according to her lawyers and the official Xinhua News Agency. The moves followed Gao’s decision to plead guilty during an appeal of the verdict handed down in April, said Mo Shaoping, one of her lawyers. She spent more than a year in custody.