Dissident professor fired by Beijing University after arrest

Beijing, Jul 14 (efe-epa).- Xu Zhangrun, an outspoken critic of President Xi Jinping and professor of law at Tsinghua University, was fired Tuesday after being released from a seven-day detention.

Speaking to Hong Kong radio-television RTHK, Xu said he had been stripped of his job at the prestigious Beijing university over allegations of “moral corruption”.

The professor said he would not be pursuing any actions over the dismissal.

The 58-year-old academic told the station that he will accept the consequences and said he has no plans for the future.

Xu was released on Sunday after seven days in custody accused of soliciting prostitution services.

Friends and family have brushed off the allegations as a means to tarnish the jurist’s name.

On the 6th day of his arrest, the professor’s friends and co-workers confirmed in instant messaging groups that Xu had been placed under house arrest in his residence in the suburbs of Beijing.

Before being detained Xu had written a critical article of Xi’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“The coronavirus epidemic has revealed the rotten core of Chinese governance,” he wrote in February.

“The political life of the nation is in a state of collapse.”

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