February 29th, 2024

Australia appalled at China’s suspended death sentence for writer Yang Hengjun

By The Associated Press on February 4, 2024.

SYDNEY (AP) – Australia says it is appalled at China’s suspended death sentence for Chinese Australian writer and democracy blogger Yang Hengjun.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said in a statement Monday that it was “harrowing news for Dr Yang, his family and all who have supported him.”

Yang has been detained in China since Jan. 19, 2019, when he arrived in Guangzhou from New York with his wife and teenage stepdaughter.

Yang received a closed-door trial on an espionage charge in Beijing in May 2021.

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