Taiwan resident Lee Ming-che sentenced to 5 years in jail for subversion

By Bai Tiantian in Yueyang Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/28 11:53:41

Taiwan resident Lee Ming-che was sentenced to five years in prison for “subverting State power” on Tuesday in a court in Central China’s Hunan Province.  

Lee, 42, said in the Intermediate People's Court of Yueyang, Hunan Province, that he accepts the verdict and will not appeal. He will be deprived of his political rights for two years.  

It is extremely rare for a Taiwan resident to be tried in the Chinese mainland for State subversion. Lee’s co-defendant Peng Yuhua, a Chinese mainland resident, was sentenced to seven years in prison under the same charge and deprived of political rights for two years.  

Peng also accepted the verdict and said he will not appeal.  The court said Peng was the ringleader and Lee was an active participant in their attempt to subvert State power, and that evidence was sufficient to prove that their actions constitute a crime.   

The court also said they granted leniency to both defendants on the grounds that they made honest confessions after arrest and pleaded guilty during the trial.  Lee and Peng stood trial in Hunan on September 12.  

According to the indictment, Peng had set up multiple QQ chat groups starting in 2012 and recruited dozens of people dissatisfied with the Chinese government and the socialist system, including Lee.  

In one of the QQ chat groups, Peng provided videos and books attacking the Chinese mainland's social system and advocating a Western political system. Peng asked the chat group’s core moderators to study these materials and submit study notes. Lee's notes had attacked the Chinese mainland's current social status and advocated a multi-party rule with rotating leadership, the indictment read.  

The Taipei Times reported that Lee was an instructor at Wenshan Community College and a former Democratic Progressive Party employee. Taiwan media also said Lee was an NGO worker.

Posted in: HK/MACAO/TAIWAN

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