Chinese court set to rule on detained Taiwanese NGO worker
Nov 27, 2017CultureComments Off on Chinese court set to rule on detained Taiwanese NGO worker
A Chinese court is set to give its verdict on detained Taiwanese NGO worker Lee Ming-che on Tuesday.
Lee Ming-che, who is also a former employee of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has been detained by China since mid-March after entering the country via Macao. In September, he pleaded guilty in a Chinese court to subverting state power.
The Yueyang Intermediate People's Court in Hunan Province says it will hand down its ruling on Tuesday.
Taiwan's top China policy-making body, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), says Lee's wife, Lee Ching Yu, will fly to China Monday afternoon. She will be accompanied by two friends and two officials from the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), a semi-official organization in charge of cross-strait ties in the absence of official links.
The SEF has asked China to ensure the group's safety and convenience during their stay and to allow Lee's wife to visit him on humanitarian grounds. Taiwan's government has arranged for a Taiwanese lawyer practicing in China to offer legal assistance.