Australian writer given suspended death sentence in China

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# 05 February 2024 10:14 (UTC +04:00)

Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been given a suspended death sentence by a Chinese court, five years after he was arrested and accused of spying, APA reports citing BBC.

The sentence may be commuted to life imprisonment after two years, according to Australian officials.

Dr Yang - a scholar and novelist who blogged about Chinese state affairs - denies the charges, which have not been made public.

The Australian government says it is "appalled" by the outcome.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has summoned China's Ambassador to Australia for an explanation, and on Monday said the government would be "communicating" its response to Beijing in "the strongest terms".