Jailed Taiwanese activist’s wife departs for China to visit husband

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The wife of the Taiwanese non-government organization worker Lee Ming-che, Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜) headed to China to visit her husabnd in jail. She noted that she was looking forward to bringing the careness and wishes from the friends and family to Lee Ming-che, hoping to give him the message of world peace by visiting. (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.3.26)

Taipei, March 26 (CNA) Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), the wife of Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who is in jail in China, departed for Changsha Monday to visit her husband after receiving a single-entry travel permit from Beijing.

Lee is set to visit her husband in Chishan Prison, Hunan Province on Tuesday.

A Chinese court on Nov. 28, 2017 sentenced Lee Ming-che to five years in prison and deprivation of political rights for a further two years on charges of subverting state power.

After hearing the ruling, Lee said in court he would not pursue an appeal.

Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) pleaded guilty to “subverting state power,” being sentenced to five years in prison and deprivation of political rights for a further two years on charges of subverting state power by a Chinese court on Nov. 28, 2017. (Photoshot from official weibo of Intermediate People’s Court in Yueyang City)

Lee Ching-yu said at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Monday morning that she is visiting the prison to convey the family’s support and good wishes to her husband.

Lee Ming-Che’s mother, Kuo Hsiu-chin (郭秀秦), did not go with Lee Ching-yu on this occasion.

China informed Lee Ching-yu through a China-based Taiwanese business association on March 22 that it would issue a one-off document allowing her to enter China after her previous application was rejected because she did not have a valid Mainland Travel Permit (台胞證), needed by Taiwanese citizens to visit China.

Lee Ching-yu is being accompanied by an official from Taiwan’s semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), which handles relations with China, according to an SEF official.

The visit is scheduled for Tuesday and Lee Ching-yu is set to return to Taiwan Wednesday, the SEF official said.

Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan’s top agency in charge of China policy, said it has also arranged for a Taiwanese business association in Changsha to provide assistance during her trip.

It has communicated with China through a formal cross-strait channel to ensure Lee Ching-yu’s access to visit her husband in prison and the security of Lee and her companions while in China, the MAC added.

Lee Ching-yu visited Lee Ming-che after he was sentenced in the court on Nov. 28, 2017. (Photoshot from official weibo of Intermediate People’s Court in Yueyang City)

(By Wu Jui-chi and Evelyn Kao)