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Wife of detained Taiwanese activist arrives in China

2017/11/27 20:24:18

Taipei, Nov. 27 (CNA) Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), the wife of Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲), arrived in China on Monday evening to be present at a Hunan province court on Tuesday for the verdict in her husband's trial on subversion charges.

Lee Ching-yu was accompanied by two officials with Taiwan's semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), said Chiu E-ling (邱伊翎), a member of a team advocating Lee Ming-che's release.

Also accompanying her were former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Wang Li-ping (王麗萍) and Shih Chia (施笳), the daughter of former DPP chairman Shih Ming-teh (施明德).

After arriving at Changsha Huanghua Airport at around 6:30 p.m., they went to the nearby city of Yueyang where they will stay Monday night before heading to Yueyang City Intermediate People's Court on Tuesday morning to hear the verdict in Lee Ming-che's case.

Lee's wife said before leaving Taiwan on Monday afternoon that she had nothing new to say because she had already made her views clear over the past eight months.

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

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

On Sept. 11, Lee pleaded guilty in the trial's only hearing in what was seen as a forced confession.

Lee admitted to cooperating with Peng Yuhua (彭宇華), a Chinese citizen who has created several discussion groups critical of the government, to intentionally disseminate information and articles attacking the Chinese Communist system and the Chinese government.

(By Chang Shu-ling, Wu Jui-chi and Evelyn Kao)