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Dr. Yang Hengiun was detained in Guangzhou after arriving in January from the US and was formally arrested last week for allegations of espionage

Australia warns China not to torture Sydney activist accused of being a spy – but Beijing fires back and says & # 39; don't interfere & # 39; while he languishes in prison with a view of the death penalty

  • Foreign Minister Marise Payne has denied that the Australian Yang Hengiun is a spy
  • If he is convicted of espionage, he is behind bars or even death for 10 years
  • He could now be kept in a secret detention center for up to six months
  • Minister Payne is deeply concerned about his well-being under difficult circumstances
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The Australian government has warned the Chinese authorities not to torture a Sydney activist accused of espionage.

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Foreign Minister Marise Payne denied that the Australian writer Yang Hengiun is a spy after he was formally charged in China last week after seven months in detention.

Dr. Yang is 10 years behind bars or even the death penalty if he is convicted.

Minister Payne is deeply concerned about his well-being and the harsh conditions in which he was held in Beijing.

She has urged the Chinese government. Treat Yang humanely and follow international human rights laws.

& # 39; With special attention to those provisions that prohibit torture and inhuman treatment, & # 39; she wrote according to a statement The Australian.

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Dr. Yang Hengiun was detained in Guangzhou after arriving in January from the US and was formally arrested last week for allegations of espionage

Dr. Yang Hengiun was detained in Guangzhou after arriving in January from the US and was formally arrested last week for allegations of espionage

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said that DrYang's case is being handled in accordance with the law and that he is in good health.

But China is dissatisfied with the Australian government's comments on the case, Geng said.

& # 39; The Australian party must seriously respect China's judicial sovereignty and not interfere in a Chinese case &, "he said.

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Dr. Yang, a former diplomat at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who became a pro-democracy campaigner and an Australian citizen in 2002, was detained after his arrival in Guangzhou in January.

Dr. Yang could now be kept in a secret detention center for up to six months without access to a lawyer or contact with his family.

Minister Payne has discussed his situation twice with the Chinese Foreign Minister and has written to him three times.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has denied that Yang is a spy and has asked the Chinese authorities not to torture him and to comply with international human rights laws

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has denied that Yang is a spy and has asked the Chinese authorities not to torture him and to comply with international human rights laws

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has denied that Yang is a spy and has asked the Chinese authorities not to torture him and to comply with international human rights laws

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Embassy officials have visited Dr. Yang seven times since his detention, most recently on July 25.

& # 39; I will continue to argue strongly on behalf of Dr. Yang to provide a satisfactory explanation of the basis for his arrest, that he is being treated humane and that he may return home & # 39 ;, said Minister Payne.

She told the Australian that there was no basis for the allegations that Dr. Yang spied for the Australian government.

& # 39; Since (he was detained), China has had the reasons for Dr. Det's detention. Yang did not explain nor did he give him access to his lawyers or family visits, & # 39; she said Tuesday.

The Chinese embassy in Canberra and the Chinese government have remained passionate about Dr. Yang and to which country he was accused of espionage.

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Since he was detained in January, he has been detained in a detention center known as & # 39; home surveillance at a designated location & # 39 ;.

Prisoners on the black site are regularly interrogated and constantly monitored by guards in brightly lit cells.

Richard McGregor, expert at Lowy Institute China, said the arrest of Dr. Yang & # 39; stinks of political and possibly political payback & # 39 ;.

Dr. Yang has been held at a black detention center for the last seven months, where prisoners are regularly interrogated and constantly monitored by guards in brightly lit cells

Dr. Yang has been held at a black detention center for the last seven months, where prisoners are regularly interrogated and constantly monitored by guards in brightly lit cells

Dr. Yang has been held at a black detention center for the last seven months, where prisoners are regularly interrogated and constantly monitored by guards in brightly lit cells

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& # 39; This is a man who has moved in dissident circles and who may come and go from China. He doesn't really fit the profile of a spy & # 39 ;.

Last month, China told Minister Payne to stop making irresponsible & # 39; and to interfere with Dr. Yang's case and repeated his displeasure on Tuesday.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said that DrYang's case is being handled in accordance with the law and that he is in good health.

China is dissatisfied with the Australian government's comments on the matter, Geng said.

& # 39; The Australian party must seriously respect China's judicial sovereignty and not interfere in a Chinese case &, "he said.

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