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    Ai Weiwei Associates Also Released

    Activist artist Ai Weiwei gestures while speaking to journalists gathered outside his home in Beijing, China, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Ai, the most high-profile target of a sweeping crackdown on activists in China, has returned home late Wednesday after nearly three months in detention. The official Xinhua News Agency said Ai confessed to tax evasion, accusations his family had long denied and which activists had denounced as a false premise for detaining him. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Ng Han Guan

    Four people detained with Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei have also been freed. Ai's journalist friend Wen Tao, his accountant Hu Mingfen, his studio's designer Liu Zhenggang, and the artist's driver, Zhang Jinsong, who all went missing in April, were allowed to go home Thursday and Friday. Ai was released on bail Wednesday after authorities said he "confessed" to tax evasion, widely believed to be trumped-up charges against the outspoken dissident.

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