Radio Taiwan International
Premier William Lai has expressed regret over the trial of Taiwanese activist Lee
Ming-che in China. Lee on Monday pleaded guilty to the charge of “subversion of state power” in court in the central Chinese city of Yueyang.
Premier Lai said Tuesday that Lee is affiliated with a non-profit organization and is a human rights activist. He said Lee could not have committed an act of subversion against China’s government. Lai expressed regret that Lee had pleaded guilty, saying, “[Lee] could not have tried to subvert the Chinese government. He does not have the ability to overturn the Chinese authorities. Today, it is regrettable for Lee to have been tried and to have pleaded guilty in an unacceptable trial process.”
Premier Lai said he is instructing the Mainland Affairs Council, the Straits Exchange Foundation and the justice ministry to make it a priority to bringing Lee safely back home to Taiwan. [FULL STORY]