Home World Two Chinese Agents Charged In US For Targeting Beijing Opponents

Two Chinese Agents Charged In US For Targeting Beijing Opponents

Two Chinese 'Agents' Charged In US For Targeting Beijing Opponents

The targets were wanted by Beijing for embezzlement, US said (Representational)


The US Justice Department announced Thursday the indictment of two further alleged Chinese agents for their roles in an operation targeting Beijing’s opponents in the United States.

Nine defendants have been charged with “acting as and conspiring to act as unregistered agents” of China in a global operation dubbed “Fox Hunt,” aimed at repatriating alleged fugitives, the department said.

In October, five people were arrested in the United States for having “participated in an international campaign to threaten, harass, surveil and intimidate” an unnamed Chinese target living in the United States.

The new indictment includes prosecutor Tu Lan, 50, accused of having traveled to the United States in 2017 to direct “the harassment campaign” and of later obstructing the US investigation.

According to US authorities, Operation Fox Hunt involves extra-judicial “repatriation squads” that operate clandestinely in an attempt to force expatriates to return to China.

Officially, the targets are people wanted by the Chinese judicial system for corruption. But Washington has accused the operation of targeting opponents of the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, dissidents or critics.

The targets were wanted by Beijing for embezzlement, abuse of government power and accepting bribes, which can carry hefty sentences in China, the Justice Department said.

According to the indictment, the defendants brought the target’s father to the United States to persuade him to return to China, harassed his adult daughter to pressure him and delivered threatening messages.

In September 2018, the department said, a note was affixed to the target’s residence stating: “If you are willing to go back to mainland and spend 10 years in prison, your wife and children will be all right. That’s the end of this matter!”

The mission was unsuccessful, according to US authorities.

The charge of acting as unregistered agents of China comes with a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.

All the defendants have also been charged with engaging and conspiring to engage in interstate and international stalking.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Source link


Sydney Covid Cases Ease Amid Tightening Of Lockdown Rules

<!-- -->Australia has handled the coronavirus crisis much better than many other developed countries.Sydney: Sydney on Friday reported a slight easing in locally...

MacKenzie Scott, Melinda French Gates Give $40 Million To Gender Equality Groups

<!-- -->Melinda Gates has also pledged to spend $1 billion to support gender equality through Pivotal VenturesPhilanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Melinda French Gates...

World Races To Contain Delta Variant, US Steps Up Anti-Virus Plan

<!-- -->The surge in cases has left early vaccine adopters angry at those who have so far opted against the jab.Washington, United States:...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Anand Ahuja’s “Phenomenal” Birthday Celebrations Began With Sonam Kapoor’s Loved Up Post

<!-- -->Sonam and Anand in a loved-up photo (courtesy sonamkapoor)HighlightsSonam wished Anand with an adorable birthday post "Happy happy birthday to the light of...

Woman Banker Fatally Stabbed By Her Branch’s Ex-Manager In Maharashtra

<!-- -->The incident occurred at ICICI Bank's Virar east branch around 8.30 pm on Thursday.Palghar: A woman official of a private bank at...

Amazon Sales Growth Slows as Online Shopping Surge Eases, New CEO Andy Jassy’s Tenure Sees a Tame Start

Amazon on Thursday said sales growth would slow in the next few quarters as customers venture more outside the home, a tepid start...

High-Protein Diet: How To Make Egg Bhurji Sandwich For Wholesome And Quick Meal (Recipe Inside)

It won't be an exaggeration to say, sandwich is staple all across the world. It is quick and easy to make and fulfilling...

Recent Comments