Renowned Australian spy novelist faces China espionage trial
Published: 12:23 PM, 27 May 2021 Updated: 12:23 PM, 27 May 2021
Yang Hengjun, a Chinese-Australian citizen, is expected to face trial in China on Thursday; Photo: Collected
Yang Hengjun, a Chinese-Australian citizen, is expected to face trial in China on Thursday.
The spy novelist charged with espionage and accused of acting as a spy for the Australian government, reports Al Jazeera.
Writer, blogger and pro-democracy activist Yang Hengjun, 56, was arrested in January last year when he arrived at Guangzhou airport in China with his wife.
It was learned that the writer could end up facing a “possible death sentence” if he is found guilty of having “endangered national security with particularly serious harm to the country and the people”. However, the minimum sentence is three years.
Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison denied the accusation and described the claim as “absolutely untrue.” He also called Yang Hengjun’s detention “unacceptable”.
According to Amnesty International, Yang Hengjun may have faced as many as “300 interrogations” during his time in prison so far.
Feng Chongyi, Yang’s friend and colleague, says these interrogations are designed to “fabricate” a case against him and to extract a “forced confession”.
Source: Al Jazeera