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Lee Ching-yu seeks understanding

DESPERATELee Ming-che’s wife said ‘unbearable’ statements he might make while on trial would be the result of Beijing’s proficiency in forcing confessions

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Lee Ching-yu confirmed that she had sent the council a message in an attempt to prevent her mother-in-law’s attendance at the trial.

“My objective was to save a desperate situation and stop a humiliating show,” she said.

Lee Ming-che’s mother has a “different political stance” from her son and daughter-in-law and has called on her son to “apologize to his Chinese mother country” after learning of his detention, Wang said.

She also threw out his collection of books and political materials during Lee Ching-yu’s trip to the US in May, she added.

While Lee Ming-che has been charged with attempting to overthrow the Chinese government, Lee Ching-yu has maintained that he was visiting China to share Taiwan’s “experience of democratization” with Chinese friends.

The Chinese government has apparently decided to wrap up Lee Ming-che’s case prior to the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress next month, even though a final outcome remains uncertain, Wang said.

“The problem is that his mother’s paperwork has gone through, but ours has not,” Wang said. “Chinese authorities seem to be making participation dependent on whether Lee Ching-yu will play their assigned role for her.”

While the council requested that Lee Ching-yu contact her husband’s lawyer, its advice that she pursue a landing visa demonstrates that it has had some contact with Chinese authorities, despite official avowals to the contrary, Wang said, adding that Lee Ching-yu rejected its requests because her husband’s case is a “political question.”

Chiu said that she and Covenants Watch chief executive officer Huang Yi-bee (黃怡碧) are to still meet tomorrow for an initial UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances meeting on Lee Ming-che’s case.

The sudden announcement and timing of his trial have effectively forestalled Lee Ching-yu’s participation at the meeting, she added.

Additional reporting by CNA and AP

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