BEIJING - A Singapore reporter accused by China of spying for Taiwan is likely to be tried on Tuesday, a Hong Kong-based rights group has said.
Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong-based China correspondent for Singapore's Straits Times, was detained on a visit to the mainland in April 2005 and later charged with espionage for Taiwan - the self-ruled island that rejects Beijing's claims of sovereignty.
Ching's family and the newspaper have rejected the charges and called for his release.
The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy cited an unnamed Beijing prosecutor as saying Ching would be tried on Tuesday.
Ching's case is one of several that have highlighted China's harsh controls on the media and the flow of information.
Zhao Yan, a New York Times researcher accused of providing state secrets to foreigners, remains in detention awaiting a verdict in his case.
And a Beijing academic, Lu Jianhua, is also likely to be tried this week in connection with Ching, the Information Centre said.
On Friday, a court in east China's Zhejiang province sentenced an environmental activist, Tan Kai, to a year and a half in prison for "illegally obtaining state secrets", Radio Free Asia reported.
Last year, Tan helped farmers in Zhejiang protest against factory pollution threatening their crops and health.