Published:  12:13 AM, 12 September 2017

Taiwanese activist goes on trial in China

A Taiwanese pro-democracy activist has gone on trial in China accused of "subverting state power". Chinese authorities say Lee Ming-che promoted multi-party rule in group messaging chats.

The 42-year-old activist went missing in China in March and was later revealed to have been detained. Little information has been given by Chinese authorities, but the case has gripped Taiwan amid already strained relations with China.

His wife Lee Ching-yu, who has led calls for his release, is attending his trial in Hunan province. She had warned he may be pressured to make a confession against his will. Lee, an NGO worker, is a well-known democracy and human rights activist in Taiwan.


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