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Beijing police said they had released the 54-year-old "because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes" and a chronic illness, Xinhua news agency reported.
"I'm back with my family," Ai told the Guardian. "I am very happy. I'm fine."
He said he could not comment further on his detention as he had been released on bail, adding "please understand".
Chinese police have released detained artist Ai Weiwei on bail after he confessed to tax evasion and because he suffers from a chronic disease, according to the state-run news agency.
It's great news, but these statements are disturbing. Seems like a great big "pretend smile".
indeed paul. bet he is just happy to be back though, as he says.
On that picture, one of the TV station microphone has a complete rip off logo of Pepsi. This is China. Sue if you can... Not that I give a shit about Pepsi..
A HUGE pretend smile. I'm glad my Free Ai Weiwei shirt is now historic, but I don't think his release means he won't continue to be harassed by his government.
Intensely curious of what he'll say next...
"because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from"
he looks skinnier no?