Australian held in China hopes to Get justice Regardless of torture

CANBERRA, Australia — A Chinese-Australian author has told the family he’s been tortured during nearly two decades in detention in China but asserts assurance he’ll get justice.

Yang Hengjun has been taken into custody on coming to Guangzhou in southern China from New York in January a year with his spouse, Yuan Xiaoliang, along with his 14-year-old stepdaughter.

The 55-year-old spy novelist and pro-democracy blogger have been officially charged with espionage in October, starting a route to him a status trial.

“After two decades, particularly with torture, over 300 interrogations, and also a great deal of verbal abuse, I’m now able of deeper retrospective and introspective meditation,” Yang wrote in a recent vacation period letter addressed to his wife, sons, and friends, readers and colleagues.

From the letter, seen by The Associated Press on Wednesday he states, “I miss you more”

“The different lawful rights of Yang Jun (also called Yang Hengjun) are completely guaranteed based on law”

When police”inspect my entire life, they can not find anything incorrect,” Yang wrote.

“I have any confidence in the courtroom. I believe that they will give me justice,” Yang wrote. “Whether if they judge me will say a great deal about if the court is governed by rule of law or by pure total power.”

In his correspondence, Yang advised his assistants “Pursue democracy, the rule of law and liberty.”

Australia has made repeated requests to the Chinese government for an explanation of these charges against Yang.

Australian Embassy officials visited Yang from detention in Beijing last Thursday, according to a statement by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It did not disclose additional information, citing privacy duties.

Yang’s detention comes as bilateral relations plumb new depths, especially because Australia called for an independent inquiry into the roots of the coronavirus pandemic.

China advised Australia in August the Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei was arrested, accused of undermining national security.

Cheng functioned for CGTN, the English-language channel of China Central Television, a country media organization.