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J.B. An Dang
Temporarily free, Fr Van Ly to go back to prison after treatment
The Catholic priest and pro-democracy activist has a brain tumour and is partially paralysed after three strokes. Following his medical treatment, he is expected to go back to prison. After his release, he was threatened not to engage in anti-government activities whilst outside prison.
06/11/2008 NORTH KOREA
Ghost of Kim Jong-Il's health flits about North Korea
The official KCNA news agency continues to issue photos and statements attesting to the presence of the communist dictator at public events and state engagements. Analysts say that this is propaganda aimed at stopping rumors about his health. From Japan, confirmation that an expert in brain surgery went to Pyongyang recently.
Beijing's ex-Party secretary walks after eight years in jail
He was released for "health reasons" notwithstanding his 16-year sentence for corruption. Another man released from prison was Zhu Xiaohua, one of China's most brilliant financial minds, who was condemned to 15 years, also for corruption.
Fr. Nguyen Van Ly suffers a stroke in prison
The priest, a symbol of the struggle for religious freedom and democracy in Vietnam is semi-paralyzed, but can speak and responds to treatment. He was admitted to the military hospital in Hanoi and is being followed by the chief of cardiology. Family members report that he is "well treated" and "thanks" the doctors.
Only those with money can afford health care in China
For 20 years hospitals have been run on a profit basis. Only a minority is covered by medical insurance; others sell what they own or try their own remedies. Hospitals often prescribe unnecessary treatment and drugs.
Father Nguyen Van Ly arrested again
The priest, one of the founders of a movement for democracy that calls for an end to single party rule, is serving a sentence of 8 years in prison. He was released last year for serious health condition.
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