Detention case continues to test cross-strait cooperation

The case of an NGO worker detained in China continues to test the state of cross-strait law enforcement cooperation. Deputy justice minister Chen Ming-tang said Thursday that another letter was sent this week requesting information on Lee Ming-che but there has been no response.

Lee, a staff member at Wenshan Community College in Taipei and a former staffer for the Democratic Progressive Party, went missing after entering Mainland China from Macao on March 19. Ten days later, it was confirmed that he is being held on suspicion of endangering national security.

Chen Ming-tang said the justice department is still trying to communicate with Chinese authorities under the provisions of a cross-strait agreement on legal cooperation. He said the Chinese side responded on April 1 but this communication only restated the content of an earlier press release confirming Lee's detention. Requests for further details about Lee's situation, including his whereabouts and the exact charges against him, have been ignored.

Meanwhile, Lee's wife, Lee Ching-yu, has said she plans to fly to Beijing on April 10 to find answers about her husband's case in person. The deputy justice minister said Mrs Lee is receiving assistance from the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation.

Source: Radio Taiwan International