LINCOLN -- After being detained for nearly 14 days in his homeland of China, UNL professor Weixing Li is back in the United States. UNL spokesperson Dave Fitzgibbon tells KFOR News Dr. Li returned to Lincoln June 23rd following what appears to be a misunderstanding. Li told university officials he had borrowed a vehicle from a friend to drive to his late father's hometown, so he could clean his grave. But the friend who loaned him the vehicle had borrowed it from another person Li did not know. Li was stopped at a checkpoint on June 6, and Chinese authorities found pharmaceuticals in the trunk that require a special license. Li says authorities eventually cleared him of wrongdoing, but then focused on his background. They released him on June 20.
Dr. Weixing Li (Courtesy Photo)