Health of dissident Qin deteriorated

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 March, 1999, 12:00am

The health of veteran dissident Qin Yongmin has deteriorated after four months in jail without treatment for a heart ailment, a Hong Kong-based human rights group reported yesterday.

Qin, sentenced to 12 years last year for trying to set up a political opposition party, has heart trouble, high blood pressure and gastric disease, the Information Centre of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China said.

The rights group quoted Qin's brother as saying the dissident looked pale and swollen.

'Qin Yongmin's health has seriously worsened because he had not received any medication for four months. He also has to work in prison and the conditions and the food there are very bad,' the group said.