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Why Ai Weiwei is Released But Not *Technically* Out on Bail

by Paddy Johnson on June 23, 2011
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Jerome A. Cohen of the US Asia Law society explains that Ai Weiwei’s release on qubao houshen doesn’t literally mean “bail”, despite its common translation. In this case, since no formal charge has been made against him — apparently he never even “formally arrested — it’s impossible to release him on bail. The announcement only claims Ai has confessed to crimes.

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