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Wife of human rights activist says she is being framed

2017/09/15 21:44:35

Image taken from Lee Ming-che's Facebook page

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) Human rights activist Lee Ming-che's (李明哲) wife said on Friday that she is being framed after an allegedly misleading photo of her locking hands with a man who traveled with her to China surfaced online.

Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), who is now back in Taiwan, said through the Taiwan Association for Human Rights that the photo, which shows her apparently holding hands with a man from the delegation that accompanied her to China, is in fact just the two of them strategizing how to save her husband.

The man in the photo is Hsiao I-ming (蕭逸民), head of the Appeals Center under the Taiwan-based Judicial Reform Foundation, who along with Lu Pei-ling (呂培苓) and former Democratic Progressive Party legislator Wang Li-ping (王麗萍) made up the delegation that accompanied Lee Ching-yu to China for Lee Ming-che's trial.

The delegation speculated that the photo was likely taken by a member of the Chinese security personnel detail that surveilled them during their stay in China.

They claim the person who took the photo purposely chose one where the official from the Taiwan Affairs Office was not present to make it appear as though the two were sharing an intimate moment.

Lee Ching-yu leaned in to talk to Hsiao because she did not want the Chinese officials following them to overhear, they explained.

The delegation believes that the Chinese Public Security Bureau is trying to ruin Lee Ching-yu's reputation via this anonymously posted photo on Weibo, the preferred social media site for Chinese nationals.

This photo could also be used to provoke an emotional response from Lee Ming-che, they continued.

The delegation is asking the Chinese authorities to punish the member of their team responsible for the photo and issue an apology.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Kuan-lin Liu)