Distinguished Australian journalist Cheng Lei was released Tuesday by Chinese language authorities and reunited along with her household in Australia, after being detained in China since August 2020.
Lei was formally arrested in 2021 following allegations by Chinese language officers that Lei had been illegally supplying Chinese language state secrets and techniques abroad while working as a new-anchor for the Chinese language Authorities’s English -language tv channel CGTN.
Australian Minister for Overseas Affairs Penny Wong celebrated Lei’s homecoming, stating:
We’re happy to verify that Australian citizen Ms Cheng Lei has arrived safely house in Australia and has been reunited along with her household, after greater than three years of detention in China. The Australian Authorities has been looking for Ms Cheng’s return since she was detained in August, 2020. Her return shall be warmly welcomed not simply by her household and buddies however by all Australians.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met with Lei in Melbourne to welcome her again to Australia.
The result of Lei’s trial in China is unknown; nevertheless, Wong said that authorized processes in China had been accomplished.