Wife of detained activist to leave for China Sept. 10

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Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜)/CNA file photo

Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) The wife of Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who is being held in China on charges of subversion of state power, said Friday that she is prepared to depart Sept. 10 for China to attend Lee's trial.

Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), however, said she is still on the waiting list because all the flights to Yueyang, Hunan province are fully booked, adding that she will seek the assistance of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) if necessary.

Lee also said that former Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wang Li-ping (王麗萍) will accompany her on the trip.

Lee Ming-che went missing after entering China via Macao on March 19 and was later confirmed to have been detained by the Chinese authorities.

The Chinese government said in May that Lee had been arrested on charges of "subversion of state power."

His family and colleagues have always maintained that he did nothing wrong. They said he had simply shared Taiwan's experience in democracy with Chinese people on Wechat and helped raise money for the families of detained Chinese lawyers.

An Fengshan (安峰山), a spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said Wednesday that Hunan's Yueyang Intermediate People's Court will hear Lee's case soon, without disclosing the date.

Some media reports said the hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11.

Also Friday, MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said that besides his wife, Lee Ming-che's mother has also been invited by the Chinese side to attend his trial, and that the MAC has also promised to help arrange for her trip to Hunan.

Chiu, however, denied accusations allegedly made online by Lee Ching-yu that the MAC is being "accommodating to the Chinese government" and wants her mother-in-law to apologize to Beijing in court in exchange for her son's release.

Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明), meanwhile, said the government hopes that Lee Ming-che's family will resolve their differences, adding that the government will do its utmost to help him return to Taiwan early.

(By Sophia Yeh, Miao Tzung-han and Y.F. Low)
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