Chinese Authorities Release Ai Weiwei on Bail After Three Months in Jail

KASSEL, GERMANY - JUNE 13 Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei poses in front of his sculpture 'Template' during a media preview of Documenta 12 on June 13, 2007 in Kassel, Germany. The Documenta is "one of the most important exhibitions of modern and contemporary art" which now takes place every five years in Kassel and will be open to the public June 16 - September 23. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ai Weiwei Photo: Johannes Simon/2007 Getty Images

Like Al Capone before him, they locked Ai Weiwei up for tax evasion (well, that's what Chinese authorities decided on, anyway, after the initial arrest didn't include any explanation of the charges). Except unlike Capone, the famous artist and activist (whose work is currently on display outside the Plaza) was really wanted for using his international platform to criticize the Communist Party leadership's abysmal record on corruption and human rights. [NYT]