A Chinese-born Australian writer who was detained for months was officially arrested for espionage, Canberra officials said Tuesday.
Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat who reportedly became an Australian citizen in 2002, but is still detained. A Chinese passport who also lived and worked in the US.
According to Reuters, he is the author of three spy novels set in China. In the past, he wrote extensively on the rule of law, democracy and human rights in his blog, according to news.com.au. However, according to Reuters, in recent years he has kept away from sensitive issues and instead focused on running an import-export business.
Yang was imprisoned in Guangzhou City, southern China, seven months ago, after he arrived from New York. On the way to Beijing, the news agency said. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne says Yang has been held under "harsh conditions" and Canberra has "serious concerns" about his well-being.
"There is no basis for a claim that Dr. said of Yang, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Technology in Sydney.
She said she was" very worried and disappointed "and would become "Strongly Committed to His Release."
Rob Stary, an Australian-based attorney for Yang, said the Chinese government has quoted The Sydney Morning Herald quoted a China-based lawyer for Yang, Shang Baojun, as saying it would An investigation is filed for "at least two months" and "if they find him" guilty, the case is passed to the prosecutor. "
According to Herald Yang's relatives believe that his academic work and his pro-democracy Activism could be the reason for his arrest.
Yian Xiaoling, Yang's wife, a Chinese citizen reportedly living in Australia, was prevented from leaving China and interrogated by the Chinese authorities, The Guardian reported.
Payne said she had talked to Chinese officials twice and written him several times in recent months.
"It is important and we expect basic standards of justice and procedural justice to be respected." I reiterate my earlier requests with respect that Dr. Yang should be released if he is held for his political beliefs, "she said ,
Yang will be in jail for more than 10 years if found guilty.