Po skoraj treh mesecih življenja nihče-ne-ve-točno-kje so kitajske oblasti izpustile na prostost Ai Weiweija. Izpustitvi naj bi botrovalo plačilo varščine in njegova obljuba, da bo plačal vse davke, ki naj bi jih utajil.
O njegovi sprva še ne dokončno potrjeni izpustitvi je Alison Klayman zapisala:
State paper, Xinhua, issued a brief statement on June 22 at 10:15 pm Beijing time that Ai Weiwei was released on bail following an alleged confession and promise to pay all fines and back-taxes. Since his detention 80 days ago, Chinese authorities have been building a case against Ai Weiwei and his studio, FAKE, for alleged destruction of financial documents and tax evasion.
We have not been able to independently confirm his release or his location since his reported release. His mother, Gao Ying, has not commented on his confession, but says the family “won’t sleep tonight.”