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Ai Weiwei Issued British Visa After Initially Denied Document

The BBC reports that the British home secretary has ordered officials to issue a six-month visa to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in a reversal of their previous decision not to grant him travel documents. The visa was initially denied due to a supposed failure on the part of the artist to declare his “criminal conviction” on his application, even though the artist has never actually been charged or convicted of a crime in China despite eight-one days of detainment in 2011 by the government there.

The artist is in London for his upcoming exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts after his passport was finally returned to him by Chinese officials.