Alleged Chinese spy working for Hydro-Québec seeking bail

LONGUE UIL, Que. — Former Quebec utility employee charged with spying on China’s behalf, denied flight risk on Nov. 24 and intends to stay in Canada to fight charges said it is.

“I want to stay here to clear my name,” Yuesheng Wang told the court on the second day of his bail hearing at a court in Longueuil, Coué, south of Montreal.

A 35-year-old man has been in custody since his November 14 arrest by the RCMP. Federal prosecutors opposed his release for fear he would flee the country, arguing on November 24 that the hearing had not changed their assessment of the danger.

A resident of Kandiac, south of Montreal, Wang is the first person to be charged with economic espionage under Canada’s Information Security Act, and has been charged with computer misuse and illegal acquisition under criminal law. accused of three crimes. Breach of Trade Secrets and Trust.

The RCMP alleges that former Hydro-Québec employees provided Chinese universities and Chinese research centers with information about public companies, published scientific papers, and applied for patents on them, not utilities. Police also allege that Wang used the information without his employer’s consent and violated Hydro-Quebec’s intellectual property.

Before being laid off earlier this month, Wang worked on battery materials at the utility’s research center for transport electrification and energy storage. The center develops technologies for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

Since November 23, the court has heard some of the evidence gathered in the course of the RCMP investigation. King’s lawyer, Gary Martin, did not seek a ban.

“For many reasons, he feels he’s been wrongly accused and the accusations against him? Nothing they say or claim against him is true,” Martin said outside court. said in. “He has the right to fight back.”

Wang allegedly used a Hydro-Quebec e-mail account to forward confidential documents and unauthorized photos from a lab he worked in southeastern Montreal to a personal e-mail address.

Wang worked primarily as a researcher on his own. Among the documents he is said to have sent himself are two of his from a top-secret project at Hydro-Québec, one called “Project X” and the other his called ‘uniforms’ and is a joint effort with the US military that One is not involved with.

He said in court that the information he allegedly transmitted was “open source.” However, he admitted that he had seen signs prohibiting photography in the laboratory.

When confronted with a Chinese patent containing his name, Wang said in court that he was surprised to see his name listed. said it was not surprising that Wang would look for another job given his expertise in batteries.

Wang, a Chinese national who has a work visa for a job at a Quebec power company, was recruited by a Quebec researcher during a conference in China and was sent by the Chinese government. said not.

He confirmed he is a member of the Communist Party of China but said he had not paid his annual dues for some time.

The king offered Kandiak a house and a downtown condominium as a guarantee that he would stay in Canada. He has no family in the country and has a limited social life, including a job and a hiking group.

His girlfriend of less than two years, Ayun Feng Zheng, told the court that if Wang were released, he would act to ensure that Wang would comply with the terms of the court. I said that I am not a Chinese citizen.

“I truly believe he will stay to prove that he didn’t do anything like that,” she told the court. and cares a lot to continue his beloved studies.I hope he stays to clear his name and receive fair treatment from Hydro-Québec and this country. .

Quebec Court Judge Marco Lovely is scheduled to make a ruling on Monday morning.

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