Liu Xia, wife of late China dissident Liu Xiaobo, left for Berlin

2017 during a ceremony for her late husband

The South China Morning Post reported that Liu Xia left for Germany through Finland on Tuesday morning.

Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize victor Liu Xiaobo, flew out of China bound for Germany on Tuesday morning, the South China Morning Post has learned.

A Reuters news report quoting the BBC said that Liu Xia took a Finnair flight that departed from Beijing at around 03:00 GMT.

Her departure, following a year of pressure on the government from activists and global human rights organizations, comes at the end of a visit to Germany by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. He was due to leave Germany on Tuesday.

Liu Xiaobo died of lung cancer last July in a hospital in northeastern China, a month after he was granted medical parole from a 11-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion of state power".

Liu has been held under de facto house arrest - despite no charges - since 2010, when her husband received the Nobel Peace Prize, in a move that angered Beijing.

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While there was no immediate comment from its embassy, Germany had been urging China to allow Mrs Liu to leave.

FILE PHOTO - Liu Xia, wife of veteran Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, listens to a question during an interview in Beijing June 24, 2009.

Liu faced daily restrictions on movement and surveillance even after her husband's death, although Chinese authorities maintained she was free.

"It is wonderful news that Liu Xia is finally free and that her persecution and illegal detention at the hands of the Chinese authorities has come to an end, almost one year since Liu Xiaobo's untimely and undignified death", Patrick Poon, China Researcher at Amnesty said in a statement he sent to Al Jazeera. However, it's still worrying that her brother Liu Hui is still kept in China.

Her brother, Liu Hui, who was handed an 11-year jail sentence for fraud in 2013. He was later released but remained closely monitored, according to friends of the family, and is still in China. "Liu Xia might not be able to speak much for fear of her brother's safety", Poon said.

Several Western diplomats tried to visit her at her Beijing apartment in May amid concerns over her psychological health but were refused entry without explanation. "I hope her life from now on is filled with peace and happiness".

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