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Verdict in human rights activist Lee Ming-che to come next week

2017/11/24 21:30:14

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Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who was tried in China in September on the charge subverting state power, will find out his fate on Nov. 28 when the verdict in his case is announced, a Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) spokesman said Friday.

Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正), who is also a deputy chief of the Cabinet-level council, confirmed the date, citing a message received by Lee's family members from the lawyer designated by Chinese authorities to represent Lee, who has been held in China since March.

Lee's family members have been invited to attend the court session at which the verdict will be announced, Chiu said.

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

The Chinese government announced in May that he had been arrested on the charge of subverting state power.

On Sept. 11 Lee pleaded guilty in what was seen as a forced confession to the charge at 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, but his family and human rights groups have adamantly rejected claims he did anything wrong.

(By Miu Chung-han and Elizabeth Hsu)
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