German ambassador expresses concern over Chinese activist

Germany's ambassador to China has expressed concern over the trial of veteran human rights campaigner Jiang Tianyong, saying Chinese authorities have made it impossible for him to receive a fair hearing.

Michael Clauss said in a statement Friday that China should ensure proceedings are conducted with due process and in adherence with United Nations conventions.

Clauss says Germany has raised Jiang's case in high-level meetings with Chinese officials ever since Jiang's arrest in November 2016.

Jiang was a lawyer who took on politically sensitive cases before being disbarred in 2009. He then became an activist and helped publicize the plight of lawyers arrested in a sweeping crackdown on legal activists that began in July 2015. He went on trial Tuesday on charges of incitement to subversion.