Family says Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng's imprisoned nephew denied medical parole

A relative says the imprisoned nephew of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is suffering from appendicitis and prison officials have denied his application for medical parole.

Chen Kegui was convicted in November of attacking officials who stormed his home to search for his uncle in what has been seen as retaliation by local officials angered by his uncle's daring escape from house arrest.

Chen Kegui's father said Tuesday that a prison medic has told the family that Chen was suffering from appendicitis that worsened and was being treated with antibiotics. Chen Guangfu says he hasn't been allowed to see his son.

Calls to Linyi prison and its hospital rang unanswered.

Chen Kegui is serving a three-year-three-month sentence. His uncle is now in the U.S.