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

Taipei, Lee Ching-yu (???), the wife of Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (???), 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.

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 (???), 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 (???), 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.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel