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After nearly two years in jail, Australian writer Yang Hengjun was officially accusation for espionage

[Current News]     10 Oct 2020
On Saturday, Australian writer Yang Hengjun (also known as Yang Jun) was detain in Beijing and Yang Hengjun was officially charged accusation espionage. This week, australian writer and democracy activist yang heng, a former chinese government employee, was officially accusation by chinese prosecutors on espionage charges nearly two years after being detain in beijing, australia-guang reported sat...

Today, Saturday (10) Australian writer Yang Hengjun (also known as Yang Jun) was detain in Beijing, Yang Hengjun was espionage.

This week, australian writer and democracy activist yang heng, a former chinese government employee, was officially accusation by chinese prosecutors on espionage charges nearly two years after being detain in beijing, australia-guang reported saturday.

After nearly two years in jail, Australian writer Yang Hengjun was officially accusation for espionage

Yang Hengjun and his wife

After hearing the accusation to her husband, Yang Hengjun's wife said she was helpless. "No one can help him now, and the Australian government can't help him, we have to abide by the Chinese law ."" he was officially prosecute to the court, and according to the recommendation of the prosecute, China authorities listed five crimes, but due to the confidentiality agreement, lawer could not disclose any details. "

She also noted that her husband had said three things to her :" First, he denied everything. "

"Secondly, he considers this to be the third political persecution;, stating that he was subjected to mental abuse within six months of being under surveillance. "

When she asked her husband's lawer when Shang Baojun court, Shang Baojun replied that he did not know.

"On October 7, Yang was officially accusation for espionage ," Yang's lawer Shang Baojun confirmed Friday. There were journalist requests for more details from lawer at the time, but Shang said "foreign media were strictly prohibited from interviewing him ".

According to the Australian-Guangzhou report, Shang Baojun in the past, but the current lawer did not specify who is now prohibited from interviewing Yang Hengjun.

Australia's Foreign minister Payne stated in December 2019 that she was "very concerned about recent reports about Yang Hengjun ".

She said at the time :" He was detain in an increasing number of situations, including isolation from the outside world; his contacts with family and friends were restricted; and Yang Hengjun was reinstated in daily interrogations, including related restrictions on bound detain. however, these are not acceptable. "

"We have repeatedly asked the Chinese authorities to explain the accusation. of Yang Hengjun. We have also repeatedly requested that he be provided with basic standards of justice in accordance with international norms, such as fair trial procedures and the humane treatment he deserves. "

But only a month ago (September) since Yang Hengjun was arrested, was he allowed access to lawer. At that time, in a letter requesting lawer to communicate to his family and to his supporters, Yang declared that "I am innocent and will fight for it ", promising to" do what I can "and" never admit what I have not done ".

Similarly, in September, in Yang's detain, Australian officials had conversations with Yang, but because of access restrictions on the COVID-19 epidemic, the conversation was conducted via video links. The ministry Ministry of Foreign Affairs trade did not comment, but the company learned that mr yang had repeatedly said he had not admitted any crimes to chinese authorities in prison.

Since march 2020, officials from china's government national security agency have begun to impose/ accusation various unspecified charges on yang, but the australian newspaper reported in september that the charges were not clear and did not disclose details of the specific accusation he was accusation; but if confirmed, it would likely lead to years of imprisonment and even death in china.

According to reports, the 55-year-old Yang Heng were arrested in January 2019 with his wife after arriving at Guangzhou Airport by plane from New York. Previously employed in China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he later acquired the status citizen Australia, known as an outstanding writer and outspoken political commentator.

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