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Political prisoner Gao Zhisheng released from Chinese prison 

Geng He, right, wife of longtime imprisoned Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, was joined by a large group of supporters and spoke through a translator in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Thursday. Zhisheng was released Thursday from Shaya Prison in China's Xinjiang province. In 2006, Gao was found guilty of "inciting subversion of state power" and sentenced to five years in prison, which was extended for three more years. Zhisheng's wife, Geng He, spoke with him after his release. However, she said the conversation was cut short by what she referred to as a scuffle followed by Zhisheng's sister on the other end of the line saying, in panic-stricken voice, "We have to go ... people are coming." Then the line went dead. During the short conversation, the couple inquired about each other's health. Zhisheng mentioned being in poor general health and that his teeth are falling out. "He used to sound very strong but after so many years of torture he sounds very weak," said Geng He. Asylum paperwork is done and Zhisheng's wife and two children are hoping he will get true freedom and be reunited with them in America, said Geng He's translator, Dr. Sherry Zhang. "Our [10-year-old] son, Peter, has not seen him since he was very little," Geng He said through Zhang. "Peter spent countless hours, day and night, using Google Earth to search China's Xinjiang province. When asked what he was doing, he said, 'I'm trying to find my father.'"
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