Nov 28, 2017 Business & Finance Comments Off on Chinese court gives Lee Ming-che five years
A court in China's Hunan Province has sentenced Taiwanese NGO worker Lee Ming-che to five years in prison. Lee, who is also a former employee of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was detained in mid-March after entering mainland China via Macao. In September, he pleaded guilty to the charge of "subverting state power".
Lee has given up his right to appeal the verdict.
In response to Lee's guilty verdict on charges of "subverting state power", the Presidential Office said Tuesday that spreading democratic ideals is not a crime. The Presidential Office called on Beijing to release Lee and allow him to return to Taiwan.
Presidential Office spokesperson Sidney Lin said, "We cannot accept the guilty verdict against our national Lee Ming-che for 'subverting state power' because he is concerned about the civil society and democratic development of Mainland China. We also call on the Beijing authorities to quickly release Lee Ming-che and allow him to return to Taiwan."
The Presidential Office says Lee's case has seriously harmed cross-strait relations, by challenging Taiwan's commitment to democracy.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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