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SYDNEY: The Australian government stated on Saturday (Oct 10) it has actually been informed that Chinese authorities have actually chosen to prosecute Australian resident Dr Yang Hengjun on “charges yet to be announced”.
” We will continue to provide consular support to him and his household, and to promote for his interests,” a spokesperson for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stated in emailed comments.
Detained writer Dr Yang will deal with trial in Beijing on an espionage charge with a judge anticipated to be selected in the next fortnight, friends added on Saturday.
The 55- year-old blogger was apprehended by Chinese authorities in January 2019 at Guangzhou Airport after showing up from New York. He has actually been held in a Beijing detention facility without any access to his family, while his partner remains in China.
His Beijing lawyers were informed on Wednesday that Dr Yang’s case has been moved to the Beijing Second Intermediate Individuals’s Court, a pal told Reuters.
A judge is anticipated to be designated in the next two weeks to hear the case, said Feng Chongyi, a friend of Dr Yang’s and a professor at the University of Technology Sydney.
Dr Yang’s attorneys have actually satisfied with him twice, for an hour each time, in the previous month, his very first legal access after 21 months of detention and interrogation by Chinese security authorities.
Dr Yang informed his household in a message last month that he was innocent and would “never admit to something I have not done”.
Australia has highly challenged the indictment.
Diplomatic relations in between China and Australia have actually weakened this year, after Beijing imposed trade reprisals in action to Canberra leading calls for a worldwide query into the source of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last month China’s foreign ministry confirmed another Australian, Chinese state television host Cheng Lei, had been apprehended in Beijing and was being investigated on suspicion of endangering nationwide security.
The Chinese foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for discuss Saturday.