The trial of the Australian writer Yang Hengjun, who was arrested in China in August 2019 for alleged espionage, will begin on May 27, according to the ABC news network.
Yang, a former Chinese diplomat who has since become a digital journalist and blogger, was arrested in Guanzhou in January as tensions increased between Australia and China after Chinese tech giant Huawei was banned from participating in the 5G phone network implementation project in 2018 .
Sources close to the matter have indicated that the trial will take place “behind closed doors” after four months’ delay. For its part, the Chinese government has not provided any details on this.
The 56-year-old man faces jail time after the authorities accused him of harming national security by allegedly accepting a mission from an unidentified espionage organization.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly stressed that it is “totally wrong” that Yang acted as a spy for Australia. His wife, Yuan Ruijuan, pointed out that the authorities are trying to prevent their lawyers from giving her information about the case.