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.

by 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.