Jailed UMN international student released, per report

The student was arrested in his native China after posting tweets critical of the Chinese government while studying at the University.

Jasmine Snow

A former University of Minnesota student who was detained in China for political tweets has since been released, according to a report from the Star Tribune

Minnesotan congress members, including Sen. Tina Smith, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Ilhan Omar, all voiced their support on Thursday for 20-year-old Luo Daiqing’s release, according to the report.

Luo — who was detained in China for tweeting “unflattering portrayals of a national leader” — is currently staying in his hometown of Wuhan, China, which is thought to be the origin place of coronavirus and is subject to a travel ban. 

On Wednesday, Axios first reported that Luo was detained last summer and sentenced in November to six months in prison on charges of “provocation.”

This is a breaking news report. More information will be added as it becomes available.