Australian blogger worried political tensions may impact trial in China

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By Kirsty Needham SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian blogger Yang Hengjun, facing trial in Beijing on espionage charges that he denies, asked the judge to exclude evidence obtained in interrogations where he says he was tortured, according to a message conveyed to family and friends. In his first comments since Thursday’s court hearing, which was closed to family and Australian consular officials because China says it involved state secrets, Yang also expressed concern that geopolitical tensions may influence the outcome of his trial. “If a wrong decision is made because of political pressure or ba…

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