Lee Ming-che Holds Press Conference 遭中國關押5年 李明哲返台後首公開露面

Democracy activist Lee Ming-che spoke to the media for the first time after he had been imprisoned in China for five years. He thanked all those who assisted and said his experience could serve as a precedent to rescue other political prisoners. 


The couple bowed deeply and thanked everyone for their concern and assistance. Lee Ming-che, who was sentenced to five years in prison by China for subversion of state power, held a press conference on the 10th after being released and returned to Taiwan. He talked about being arrested for his past humanitarian work in China, assisting political prisoners and their family members. Lee said that Chinese investigators questioned him based on espionage. He was very grateful to his wife, Lee Ching-yu, for seeking international assistance so that he could return safely to Taiwan.

Lee Ming-che, Taiwan NGO Worker: “Because my wife was always aggressive in seeking domestic and international help, I finally got five years in prison. Otherwise, I may have been sentenced to seven years, ten years, or even life imprisonment, according to what Chinese officials told me at the time.”

Mrs. Lee said that she was helpless during this period and did not know whether her husband would return safely. She dared not hope for this day. Mrs. Lee especially thanked the family of former DPP chairperson Shih Ming-teh for their assistance and strategy in balancing personal safety and national dignity to bring back Mr. Lee safely.

Lee Ching-yu, Lee Ming-che's Wife: “Oppressors only dare to abuse people in private. They will never dare to be violent in public. The more open and transparent the rescue work, the safer it is for victims, especially international rescue operations. It will greatly increase the victim's visibility and safety.”

Some people are curious whether Lee will run for political office after returning to Taiwan? He said he has no political ambitions and just wants to return to a normal life with his wife. 

 

 

夫妻倆深深一鞠躬,感謝各界的關心與協助,被中國以顛覆國家政權罪名判刑5年的李明哲,刑滿出獄返台後,今日舉行記者會,談起過去在中國從事人道工作,協助政治犯與哲家屬遭到逮捕,李明哲說辦案人員一度以間諜案重罪方向訊問,很感謝他的妻子李凈瑜向國際尋求救援,才能讓他安全回到台灣。

李明哲表示:「也正因為我妻子始終採取積極的國內和國際救援的行動,我最後才得以判5年的徒刑,不然我有可能判到7年、10年,甚至無期徒刑,依照中國官方當時對我的說法。」

李凈瑜表示這段時間以來充滿無助,也不知道李明哲是否能安全歸來,不敢奢望能有這一天,她特別感謝前民進黨主席施明德一家人協助,思考如何在兼顧人身安全與國家尊嚴之下,把人救回來。

李明哲妻子說:「因為壓迫者只敢私下凌虐,他們絕對不敢公然施暴,營救的工作越公開,對受難者越有安全保障,特別是國際的救援行動,會使受難者的能見度大增,倍增安全度。」

另外也有人關注李明哲返台後是否會從政選舉,李明哲說他沒有政治野心,只想與妻子回復正常生活。

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