Pensioner Jailed for Spying on Uighurs

From The Local:

A 62-year-old Uighur living in Sweden as a political refugee since 1997 has been found guilty of spying for China on Uighur expatriates and sentenced to a year and four months in jail.

The man, identified in court documents as Swedish citizen Babur Maihesuti, was found guilty of “aggravated illegal espionage activity”, the Stockholm district court said in a statement… He had given the information to a Chinese diplomat and a Chinese journalist who, on assignment from the Chinese intelligence service, carried out operations in Sweden for the Chinese state.

“The activity has taken place in secret through a special system of telephone calls, (and) was also deceptive since the man did not tell the Uighurs he was dealing with he was working for the Chinese state,” the court said… “The crime is especially egregious due to the fact that the espionage served a large power that does not fully respect human rights,” the court said.

See also this past CDT post on the scandal.

March 8, 2010, 5:48 PM
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