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Western doctors say Liu Xiaobo can travel

Western doctors say Liu Xiaobo can travel”

The US lawyer, who is also lobbying for Liu's evacuation, said: "President Xi should honour a dying man's wishes to be able to leave China and to obtain better treatment that is available overseas".

"However, the medical evacuation would have to take place as quickly as possible", said the statement, which is signed by Joseph M. Herman from the hospital's Department of Radiation Oncology and Markus Buchler from the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

Liu was released from jail on medical parole after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer in late May.

Mr Liu, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for "inciting subversion of state power" after he helped write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms.

A spokesperson for the European Union delegation in Beijing said it had discussed the activist's case with the authorities and asked "that China immediately grant Mr Liu parole on humanitarian grounds and allow him to receive medical assistance at a place of his choosing in China or overseas".

Liu Xiaobo, his wife Liu Xia, with the presence of Chinese of foreign doctors. Chinese state media have labeled Liu a convicted criminal, and the government has warned other countries to stay out of China's internal affairs.

The hospital itself released a brief online statement late Saturday that quoted an unnamed Chinese expert as saying it would be unsafe for Liu to travel overseas.

Liu's plight has come under a global spotlight amid allegations from his supporters that he had become gravely ill because his cancer wasn't detected and treated in time in prison - and that China has refused to let him seek treatment overseas for political reasons despite calls from other governments, including the US.

Britain had "repeatedly expressed serious concern at the treatment of Liu Xiaobo by the Chinese authorities", a spokesperson for the British embassy in Beijing said. The doctors said on Sunday, 9 July, that they believed that the dissident could be safely evacuated from China.

The EU, in an earlier statement, had also called on China to "remove all limitations on the movements of Mr Liu's wife and family members".

Hours after the foreign doctors announced their opinion, Jared Genser, a Washington-based lawyer who represents Liu internationally, said any decision by Chinese authorities to still keep Liu would amount to "intentionally hastening his death" and "refusing to honor the wishes of a dying man to receive the treatment he desires".

It added that Liu had a history of hepatitis B before imprisonment and prison authorities had provided him with an annual physical examination as well as monthly checkups, and no abnormal conditions had been found before the recent diagnosis.



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