Australian writer accused of being a spy STILL hasn't been charged

Mail Online | 12/18/2019 | Australian Associated Press
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An Australian-Chinese writer's legal rights are being protected as Chinese authorities investigate him over alleged espionage, China's ambassador to Australia says.

Yang Hengjun, 54, has been arrested but is yet to be formally charged, ambassador Cheng Jingye told reporters at a rare media conference in Canberra on Thursday.

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'The relevant Chinese security department will deal with the case in accordance with Chinese law and his lawful rights are protected,' Mr Cheng said.

Dr Yang would be formally charged with espionage after an investigation, the ambassador said.

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'In due time you will know the details,' he said.

He also said Dr Yang's wife Yuan Xiaoliang, who has been banned from leaving China, would be protected.

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Foreign Minister Marise Payne has said Dr Yang's detention was 'unacceptable'.

The pro-democracy campaigner is understood to be held in solitary confinement and shackled in chains, with restricted communications to family and friends.

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Australia has previously asked for an explanation of the charges Dr Yang is facing and requested he...
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