German chancellor joins chorus of international condemnation, saying she finds Beijing’s refusal to let dying Nobel laureate leave country ‘depressing’

Angela Merkel has urged China’s leaders to show some “humanity” as international condemnation intensifies of their refusal to allow the critically ill Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo to be moved from the country for treatment.

After examining China’s most famous political prisoner on Saturday, doctors from Germany and the United States said he was well enough to be taken overseas and had expressed a desire to go. A US lawyer representing the 61-year-old said a group of medical professionals and medical evacuation team was standing by and ready to transport Liu and his family out of China “as soon as permission is given to let them leave”.

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