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Detained activist asks wife to follow Chinese lawyers' instructions

2017/09/11 18:32:08

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who is being held in China on charges of subversion of state power, asked his wife in a letter to follow the instructions of the two Chinese lawyers representing him when she went to the mainland for his court hearing.

The hand-written letter for Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), dated Aug. 29, 2017, was published on the "Free Human Rights Activist Li Ming Che" Facebook page Monday.

In the letter, Lee told his wife that "for my case to get on well, please follow the instructions of the two lawyers, both named Zhang. We will meet if we are allowed; if not, come to the detention center to deliver things for me. The two lawyers will be responsible for making the arrangements."

Lee further wrote: "Please bring a couple of books (those about history and published on the mainland), money (the cost of medicine is about 2,000 renminbi per month. You may deposit enough money for several months of expenses at a time. The cost of daily supplements is approximately 200 renminbi per month), and two cartons of cigarettes (for about three to four months of smoking). Talk with my mother about the money."

"Get a telephone number after coming to the mainland, and inform the detention center and lawyers of the number. You may tie the number with WeChat to pay the bills (on the mainland)."

Earlier Monday, Lee pleaded guilty to the charge of "subversion of state power" in a hearing at the Yueyang City Intermediate People's Court in Hunan Province.

He admitted to intentionally disseminating information and articles attacking the Chinese Communist system and the Chinese government.

The hearing opened at 9:30 a.m. and lasted until 1:40 p.m. The presiding judge said a sentencing date will be picked later.

Lee's mother and wife, who arrived in Hunan Sunday, were allowed to see him briefly after the hearing, according to a Taiwanese businessman operating in Yueyang.

Lee, a staff member at Wenshan Community College in Taipei and a former Democratic Progressive Party worker, went missing after entering China via Macao on March 19 and was later confirmed to have been detained by the Chinese authorities.

The Chinese government indicated in May that he had been arrested on charges of subverting state power.

(By Miu Chung-han and Elizabeth Hsu)