China: Regime court gives Australian political prisoner suspended death sentence

Source: Sky News [UK]

“China has handed an Australian writer a suspended death sentence — five years after he was arrested on suspicion of spying. Pro-democracy academic Dr Yang Hengjun was detained at Guangzhou Airport in 2019 accused of espionage for a country China has not publicly identified. Dr Yang’s sentence, which comes three years after a closed-door trial, could be commuted to life imprisonment after two years if he doesn’t commit any serious crimes in that period, according to the Australian government. He has denied working as a spy for Australia or the US …. Fellow Australian scholar Feng Chongyi denounced the verdict as a ‘serious case of injustice.’ Mr Feng said: ‘He is punished by the Chinese government for his criticism of human rights abuses in China and his advocacy for universal values such as human rights, democracy and rule of law.'” (02/05/24)