China allows family visit for jailed Taiwanese activist: MAC

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Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜, CNA file photo)

Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜, CNA file photo)

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) China has given permission for a family visit for jailed Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), and his wife Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜) plans to fly to China March 26 to visit him in jail, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Friday.

According to an MAC statement, China a few days ago responded positively to its demand that Lee Ming-che should be granted family visits.

Since a court in China sentenced Lee Ming-che to five years in prison and two years' deprivation of political rights for "subversion of state power" on Nov. 28 last year, the MAC has been trying to persuade China to let him receive family visits, it said.

The visit is scheduled for March 27, according to the semi- official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), which will send an official to accompany Lee Ching-yu.

Lee Ming-che is serving his sentence in Chishan prison in Hunan Province.

He was convicted for comments he made and information he circulated on social media about democracy, freedom of expression and human rights in China.

He went missing after entering China from Macau March 19 last year. Lee Ching-yu found out April 10 last year her Mainland Travel Permit (台胞證) was invalidated when she was on her way to the airport to fly to Beijing to look for her husband.

China will issue a one-off document allowing Lee Ching-yu to enter China upon her arrival at the Changsha Huanghua International Airport in Hunan, the MAC said.

Lee Ching-yu is scheduled to take a flight departing from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 9:10 a.m. and she will return to Taiwan March 28, according to the SEF.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)
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