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Hong Kong resident ‘posed as philanthropist’ to spy on China for US

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Hongkonger John Shing-wan Leung ‘posed as philanthropist’ to spy on China for US

China’s state security ministry has released details of the charges against Leung, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in MayThe 78-year-old was caught after using false identity documents to travel to the mainland in 2020 for an unnamed US spy agency, it saidUS-China relationsPhoebe ZhangPublished: 1:09pm, 11 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

A Hong Kong permanent resident and US citizen who was jailed for life in China in May for espionage posed as a philanthropist to snoop for information, the Ministry of State Security said on Monday.John Shing-wan Leung, 78, was sentenced in May, two years after his arrest in Suzhou, in the eastern province of Jiangsu. The Suzhou court also issued a fine of 500,000 yuan (US$72,000) but further details were not released until now.

The ministry said Leung, also known as Liang Chengyun, was caught after he used many false identity documents to travel to the mainland via Hong Kong in 2020, when international flights were halted by Covid-19.

According to the case against Leung, he was sent to China by an unnamed US spy agency that was in a hurry to obtain information. During his visits to the mainland, Leung frequently took part in social activities, the ministry said.

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