October 12, 2010 / 8:18 AM / 9 years ago

Jailed China Nobel winner asks wife to collect prize

BEIJING, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has asked his wife to travel to Norway to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize, she told Reuters on Tuesday.

“Xiaobo told me he hopes I can go to Norway to receive the prize for him,” Liu Xia said by telephone from her house where she is under virtual house arrest.

“I think it will be very difficult,” she added, when asked if she thought the government would allow her to go.

Liu Xia said the government had not yet explicitly told her she would not be allowed to go to Norway. The prize will be formally bestowed on Dec. 10 in Oslo.

China said on Tuesday that giving the Nobel Peace Prize to a jailed dissident showed a lack of respect for its legal system, in further criticism of an award that has stirred tensions over human rights. [ID:nSGE69B0CB] (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Lincoln Fast)

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