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Uyghur News
15-12-09, 11:21
Stockolm - A Chinese-born Swedish citizen was charged Tuesday on suspicion of spying on refugees from China's Uighur minority, a prosecutor said. "He has passed on information to the Chinese state about Uighurs," prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand told Swedish radio news, saying the Chinese-born man had contact with a diplomat and a journalist.

The man, who denies the charges, is also Uighur, a mainly Muslim minority from the western region of Xinjiang that, in recent years, have protested against Han Chinese settlement in their homeland.

According to the prosecutor, the suspect passed on information about political views, refugee status, health and other details of up to 15 people, including some key people in the Uighur movement.

He gleaned the information by attending meetings and conferences organized by exile groups and pretended to sympathize with their cause, Lindstrand said.

The man was arrested in June and believed to have spied on other Uighurs starting in January 2008.

The Chinese regional capital of Urumqi was rocked by protests in July that resulted in some 197 deaths and about 1,600 injured in clashes between Uighurs and Han Chinese.

Several alleged protesters have been executed.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt earlier this year told broadcaster TV4 news that the government has been briefed about the case and viewed it seriously.

Copyright DPA


Uyghur News
15-12-09, 11:25
Pensioner indicted over China spy scandal

Published: 15 Dec 09 15:37 CET
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/23864/20091215/

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A 61-year-old pensioner has been indicted in Stockholm on charges of spying on behalf of the Chinese government.

Charges filed by prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand accuse the Mandarin-speaking Swedish citizen of illegally gathering intelligence on people of Uighur origin living in Sweden.

Intelligence agency Säpo arrested the suspect on June 4th after a lengthy investigation and surveillance period for allegedly gathering information on Sweden's 100-strong Uighur community.

The suspect came to Sweden as a political refugee in the 1990s. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

According to the indictment, the 61-year-old passed on information to two handlers about members of Uighur clubs and associations in Sweden, Norway, Germany and the United States.

His handlers consisted of a diplomat attached to the Chinese embassy in Stockholm and a Chinese journalist, both of whom were tasked by Chinese intelligence services with securing details in Sweden about the interpersonal relationships of Uighurs.

The Swedish government expelled a Chinese diplomat earlier this year following revelations that the Chinese embassy was allegedly involved in spying on political refugees residing in Sweden.

According to the indictment, the suspect reported extensively on activity within the World Uyghur Congress (an umbrella organization for exiled Uighur groups), relayed notes taken during meetings with members of the Uighur community, and provided details of the local Uighur leaders' levels of political access.

By befriending his targets and pretending to sympathize with them, he was also able to supply his handlers with details on the political asylum status of people of particular interest to the Chinese authorities, as well as information about their health, current whereabouts, travel patterns and telephone numbers.

The suspect's intelligence gathering operation earned him rewards in the form of money and services, and spanned the period from January 2008 to June 2009.

Prosecutors said the crimes of which he was accused were of an aggravated nature as they were systematic, had been undertaken in a professional manner for a long period of time and could potentially cause serious damage to a large number of people.

Most ethnic Uighurs live in China's Xinjiang autonomous region. China regularly condemns militant Uighur nationalists as "terrorists" and accuses the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) of carrying out attacks.

A recent US State Department human rights report accuses China of having stepped up repression of the Uighur community.

Paul O'Mahony/AFP

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