Du Daobin on the verge of release?

Du Daobin, the most renowned of China’s “cyber-dissidents” following Liu Di (aka “Stainless Steel Mouse”), appears to be on the verge of going free. His case has generated petitions and protests around the world, and just like Liu Di, the public prosecutors are tossing the case back to the police, saying they don’t have sufficient evidence to take him to trial.

Despite police reluctance, Liu Di was finally released, and the smart money will be on Du’s release as well. There is simply too much international attention on the case, and the government now has little choice. Du’s heinous crime: writing and posting three articles on the flaws in Hong Kong’s notorious Article 23, since struck down following the unprecedented half-million-man march last year.

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