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Australian pro-democracy writer imprisoned in China since 2019 says he’s being ‘tortured’

  • Dr. Yang Hengjun, 56, was arrested after arriving at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in 2019 during a trip to China with his wife and child. Yang has been in jail since then.
  • He was scheduled to be sentenced in October 2021 after a one-day closed-court hearing in May 2021. However, his sentencing was reportedly rescheduled to January 2022, then pushed further to April 9, 2022.
  • Yang’s supporters voiced their concern over the Australian writer’s deteriorating health. He is reportedly suffering from gout, high uric acid and high blood pressure, among other complications.

Supporters of Dr. Yang Hengjun, the Australian writer detained three years ago on espionage charges in China, have called on Beijing to release the democracy activist on bail since his health has been deteriorating inside a Chinese prison.

A close friend and supporter of Yang, 56, shared that his family and friends “are concerned Yang is being systematically deprived of proper medical treatment” while imprisoned, according to The Guardian. He also added that Yang should not be left to die in jail, much like what has happened to other artists such as Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Australian Man Arrested in Japan For Vandalizing Train Over a Year Ago

A 27-year-old Australian man was recently arrested for the graffiti he made on a train in Tokyo, Japan last year after he returned for a vacation on Wednesday.

The suspect, identified as Paul Han, is believed to have trespassed into the Koishikawa Rail Yard at around 1 a.m. on February 19, 2018. Police reports indicated that he was with another person when he made the graffiti, but his accomplice has yet to be identified, according to NHK as translated by SoraNews24.

Japanese Soccer Star Drops F-Bomb After Mispronouncing a Word

Keisuke Honda

Famous Japanese soccer player Keisuke Honda apologized for his adorable slip up during an interview in Australia last week when he mispronounced the word “fact” in an unfortunate way.

At one point during his talk with reporters last week, Honda told them “I have to take care of myself. It’s bad but it’s real, it’s fact.” A brief moment of silence clouded the event venue before Melbourne Victory’s head coach Kevin Muscat stepped in to clear the air saying, “Fact. Fact issue,” according to SoraNews24.

Australian Man Who Organized $1,200 ‘Wild Boat O‌rgi‌es’ With Thai Women A‌‌r‌re‌st‌ed in S‌tin‌g Operation

An Australian man who notoriously organized “wild boat or‌gie‌s” with foreign men and Thai women was recently a‌rr‌es‌ted by aut‌hor‌ities in Thailand after a successful un‌de‌rcover sting operation.

The suspect, identified as 49-year-old Stephen Allan Carpenter, was nabbed by the p‌oli‌ce in Saraburi, Thailand at around 2:00 a.m. on June 19 after he fled from Pattaya and went into hiding over an a‌rr‌es‌t warrant that was issued on Saturday, according to T News.

Singaporean Billionaire Saves Christmas for Australian Boy After Thief Steals His Gifts

Tan Min-Liang, CEO and co-founder of massive high-performance gaming hardware company Razer, saved an Australian boy’s Christmas after his family went through a traumatic experience days before the holiday.

A thief broke into Adela Courteille’s Francis Street home in the coastal suburb of Dee Why in northern Sydney last early Thursday morning, according to The Daily Telegraph. The unnamed suspect reportedly took many items from the family’s house, including credit cards, tools, a laptop, and the presents of Courteille’s two children, 12-year-old Callum and 18-month-old Chelsea.