Sick Ai Weiwei Is Released on Bail

06.22.11 Marina Galperina

After 80 days since Ai Weiwei’s kidnapping by the Chinese authorities, the dissident artist has been released on bail “because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from,” according to the Beijing police. Several of the artist’s friends and colleagues remain missing.

It’s unclear just how ill he is. Was Ai’s wife was pressured to emphasize that he was “healthy” when she visited him in custody in May?