Mother of detained Taiwanese activist arrives in China

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Kuo (center)

Kuo (center)

Changsha, China, Sept. 10 (CNA) The mother of Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who is being held in Hunan Province, China on charges of subversion of state power, arrived in Changsha City in China on Sunday to attend her son's court hearing.

Kuo Hsiu-chin (郭秀秦) arrived in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan, at 2:24 p.m., accompanied by two Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) coordinators and legal consultant Hu Yuan-lung (胡原龍).

Faced with a barrage of questions by reporters at the Changsha airport, Kuo said nothing but "thank you" in a soft voice. She and company then boarded a van and departed for Yueyang, a prefecture-level city in northeastern Hunan.

The Yueyang Intermediate People's Court is scheduled to hear Lee's case on Monday. Earlier Sunday, Lee's wife Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜) flew from Taipei to Shanghai en route to Changsha.

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

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

Meanwhile, Wang Li-ping (王麗萍), a former Democratic Progressive Party legislator, said she had arrived in Chansha and was trying to make her way to Yueyang to join Lee Ching-yu and her entourage, including lawyer Fan Chih-cheng (范值誠), SEF officials and two representatives of a civilian group advocating Lee's release.

"Arrived in Wuhan, China (Hubei) and on my way to Yueyang," Wang wrote at 5:30 p.m. on a Facebook page called Free Human Rights Activist Lee Ming-che.

Earlier in the day, Wang said she could not make the trip because her permit to enter China "apparently had not been approved by Chinese authorities."

Lee Ming-che's case has gained international attention, with Amnesty International and other human rights organizations calling for his immediate release.

(By Lawrence Chiu and Elizabeth Hsu)

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