Australian writer to face spy trial in China
Published: 03:49 PM, 10 October 2020
Australian writer Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat, is going to face trial on espionage charge; Photo: Collected
Australian writer Yang Hengjun, who has been detained in China with no access to his family since January 2019, is going to face trial in Beijing on an espionage charge.
According to Al Jazeera, the 55-year-old former Chinese diplomat went missing after flying to southern city Guangzhou from New York. He has been held in a Beijing detention facility with no access to lawyers or his family even though his wife stays in China.
“Yang’s lawyers were notified on Wednesday that his case has been transferred to the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court,” his friend Feng Chongyi told Reuters.
“A judge is expected to be appointed in the next two weeks to hear the case,” he said, adding, “Under the Chinese legal system, the charge, evidence to support the charge and a proposed sentence will be given to the court at the start of a trial”
Meanwhile, the Australian government said on Saturday that they have been informed that Chinese authorities had decided to prosecute Australian citizen Dr. Yang Hengjun on charges “yet to be announced.”