The wife of a Chinese NGO employee jailed for subversion following a secret trial last September went to the United States with the couple’s daughter.
Authorities in central China’s Hunan province are believed to have secretly tried and imprisoned three non-governmental organization (NGO) employees, Cheng Yuan, Liu Dazhi and Wuge Jianxiong, for “overturning. pour state power “in September after detaining them for charges of nearly 18 months.
Cheng’s wife, Shi Minglei, arrived in the US with the couple’s daughter on April 7, with the help of Christian rights group ChinaAid.
Soon after landing, Shi tweeted: “Cheng Yuan’s wife and daughter are free!”
“Easter has just ended, and we said goodbye to darkness … and brought me and our five-year-old daughter to freedom, with the help of ChinaAid,” she wrote.
Shi told RFA after arriving that she still had no documents showing that Cheng and the others had indeed been tried or convicted.
“They acted illegally at every stage of the case,” she said. “From persecuting family members after Cheng’s arrest, to the stage after the case went to court.”
“That is why the authorities have not released any details of the case so far.”
Legal aid declined
The three defendants have been denied to see a lawyer hired by their families since being detained on July 22, 2019.
In March 2020, the lawyers were notified that their defenders had “dismissed” them and that the government had assigned them government-sponsored attorneys.
But the families said they believe the lawyers have been laid off under duress, and say they have no contact with government-appointed attorneys.
Currently, Shi said she feels relieved to be out of the control of the state security police.
“It is not easy for us to get to the United States,” she said. “I am very grateful that my daughter is now free, and we cannot be used hostage or as a way to intimidate Cheng Yuan.”
‘There is no evidence at all’
Changsha Funeng co-founder, Yang Zhanqing, now living in the US, said the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) often uses political cases involving overt dissent or works for right to set an example for critics. The fact that they did not do so in this case shows that even the authorities could not believe the charges against Changsha.
“I guess there is no evidence at all and there is no legal basis [for bringing this case]”, Yang told RFA.” It is purely a form of formal retaliation. “
Yang previously said that the three men targeted for their human rights activities received funding from abroad, which the ruling Chinese Communist Party considers “colluding with hostile forces. external “and is a threat to their national security.
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Reported by Yi Bing for RFA’s Mandarin Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.