Liu Xia, wife of late dissident, leaves China for Germany, friend says

Liu Xia the wife of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo talks to the media in Beijing

Speaking to AFP news agency before her departure, close friend Ye Du said Liu was suffering from "very severe" depression, adding she would "sometimes faint" and was taking medicine to sleep.

Through his ordeal, Liu Xia, 57, faced her own.

Liu Xiaobo died of lung cancer last July in a hospital in northeastern China, a month after he was granted medical parole from a 11-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion of state power".

She has been under de-facto house arrest since 2010 after her husband, Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel peace prize in absentia for his activism in China.

The primary doctor responsible for Liu Xiaobo's treatment said at a press conference late Thursday that in the activist's final moments, he told his wife to "live well".

Berlin has been pushing China to let Liu leave the country following the death of her husband.

Western diplomats reportedly tried to visit Mrs Liu at her Beijing flat in May but were refused entry. "But we still fear for Liu Hui, who is being kept in the country as a guarantee so that Liu Xia does not speak out overseas".

However, Poon voiced concern for her brother Liu Hui who is still in China and said she "might not be able to speak much for fear of her brother's safety".

Diplomats have said that authorities had continued to monitor Liu Xia after the death of her husband and she had only been able to meet and speak to friends and family in pre-arranged phone calls and visits. "I hope her life from now on is filled with peace and happiness". "It's easier to die than live".

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She left China on Tuesday for Berlin, Germany, her brother Liu Hui said in a message to friends shared with CNN. During Liu Xiaobo's almost eight years in a Liaoning prison, very little was known about the conditions of his imprisonment. "Using death to defy could not be any simpler for me".

China has previously criticized calls by Western governments for Liu's release, saying that foreign countries were making "improper remarks" over what Beijing sees as a domestic affair. His wife was put under de facto house arrest nearly immediately after he was awarded his Nobel in 2010.

The pale, bespectacled poet, who had long sported a shaved haircut, appeared gaunt and somber in most of the images.

Her husband was only the second Nobel Peace Prize victor to die in police custody, a fact pointed to by human rights groups as an indication of the ruling party's increasingly hard line against its critics.

The first, Carl von Ossietzky, died of tuberculosis in Germany in 1938 while jailed for opposing Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.

"It's been quite a positive outcome on both Germany and China's sides. the timing and everything, that Li Keqiang is leaving today and Liu Xia arrives today. you don't want to have it where they're on the soil at the same time".

Eve said the government sought to "make it seem as though it is a country ruled according to law when everything about her case has shown demonstrably that it is not".

Several well-known human rights activists and global humanitarian organizations have condemned the Chinese government's treatment of Liu Xia.

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