By: Miao Zong-han and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) China has rejected several requests by the family of Taiwanese
democracy activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲) to visit him in prison and has not given any reasons for doing so, which is not in keeping with due process of law, Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said Wednesday.
Since October, Chinese authorities have turned down four requests for Lee’s relatives to visit him, with the most recent rejection issued last week, according to SEF spokesperson Kuan An-lu (管安露).
Kuan’s comments came in the wake of a statement earlier in the day by Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光), spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, who said there were no problems concerning visits to Lee in Chishan Prison in Hunan.
At a news conference in Beijing, Ma said Lee’s wife had visited him in prison and that authorities will continue make arrangements for Lee’s family to visit him at an “appropriate time” in the future. [FULL STORY]