Ex-Hydro-Quebec employee accused of spying released pending trial

Former Hydro-Quebec employee charged with espionage released pending trial

Yuesheng Wang

Yuesheng Wang, Researcher accused of economic espionage for the benefit of China while employed by Hydro-Québec, was released this morning in Longueuil.

Arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on November 14, the Chinese citizen spent the last 14 days in detention. He was released by Judge Marco LaBrie of the Court of Quebec after a two-day hearing.

This release is subject to various conditions. Mr. Wang must in particular surrender his Chinese passport and avoid all contact with representatives of the Chinese government, except for the preparation of his defence.

In addition, the resident of Candiac must have in a smartphone at all times allowing the authorities to geolocate him and will have to report to the RCMP headquarters in Westmount every week.

The ex-researcher faces four counts: obtaining secrets industrialists, unauthorized computer use, fraud for obtaining industrial secrets and breach of trust by a public official.

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