Beijing Court recentlydetectiveSentencedAustraliaChinese-American writer Yang Hengjun received a suspended death sentence. According to an indictment circulated online, prosecutors accused Yang Hengjun of revealing 40 Taiwan secrets and receiving espionage funds totaling approximately HK$4.4 million (about US$560,000).
Yang Hengjun is a Chinese-born Australian citizen and a well-known pro-democracy blogger. He previously lived in New York as a visiting scholar at Columbia University and engaged in “shopping” or online shopping to supplement his income.
In January 2019, he accompanied his wife to China, where he was accused of espionage and arrested. On the eve of the Lunar New Year this year, he was sentenced to death on the 5th, with a two-year suspended sentence. However, official details of the case were not announced.
According to what Chen Chuangchuang, a lawyer of pro-democracy activists, uploaded to the did. Must have served in the National Security Department.
The indictment states that between 1994 and 2002, he solicited his girlfriend Wu Yanyan.hong kongMail a “surrender letter” to the Military Intelligence Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan, accept the task of collecting and providing intelligence assigned by officials of the Taiwan Military Intelligence Bureau, and use the pseudonym “Jiang Ping” and a dedicated Contact address to be assigned.
Yang Hengjun, through his work at the Hainan Provincial National Security Department, borrowed money, took photographs, copied confidential documents, made videotapes or stored them on computer disks, and visited Taiwan’s Military Intelligence Bureau several times in Hong Kong and other locations. Met the officials.
In total, they distributed 40 videotapes and discs of documents and materials, and collected over US$220,000 and 2.7 million Hong Kong dollars (about US$340,000) in espionage funds.
Later, China’s State Secret Bureau identified 40 secrets given by Yang Hengjun to Taiwan, of which 31 were top secret and 9 were confidential.
The indictment also states that the defendant Yang Jun (English name: Junyang, formerly known as Yang Hongjun, alias Yang Hengjun, pseudonym “Jiang Ping”), born on October 10, 1965 Was, Australian nationality, doctoral candidate, was born in Hubei province.
The defendant was placed under residential surveillance by the Beijing Municipal State Security Bureau on January 19, 2019, on suspicion of espionage, taken into criminal custody on July 17, and arrested on August 23. On March 23, 2020, Yang Jun was suspected of espionage. The investigation of the case was completed and transferred to the Procuratorate for review and prosecution.
When Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese learned that Yang Hengjun had been sentenced to a suspended death sentence, he expressed outrage and vowed to continue working hard to get China to release him.