A lawyer for the former Hydro-Quebec employee accused of economic espionage for the benefit of China asked politicians on Thursday to stay out of the case. He appealed to the court, citing Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon’s “unfortunate” comments about the “Chinese”, which reminded him of the detention of Japanese Canadians during World War II.
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Yuesheng Wang, a former researcher accused of stealing industrial secrets from Hydro-Quebec for the benefit of China, assured the court on Thursday that he does not intend to flee if he is released pending trial. He said he wanted to stay here to show that he’s not the person we’ve portrayed since his arrest.
I want to clear my reputation. I want to tell my story.
“I trust Canadian justice,” he added on the second day of the parole investigation at the Longueuil courthouse.
His lawyer Mr.to Later, before the court, Gary Martin condemned the statements of the Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy Pierre Fitzgibbon in the daily newspaper. Sun last week. The minister said he was “not too surprised” after Mr. Wang’s arrest. “We know the Chinese,” he said.
Mto Martin saw in him “political attacks” that were also “spoken outside of Parliament”.
“It reminds us of 1942 in Canada, very unfortunate. […] He should stay out of the judiciary,” he pleaded. In 1942, during World War II, Prime Minister Mackenzie King’s government forcibly moved 22,000 Japanese Canadians from the country’s western coastal areas to camps, fearing they would support Japan.
This comment is M.to Martin, Crown Prosecutor Mr.to Mark Cigana. He punched after the fact, saying that “there is no political evaluation” in this file.
An authority on batteries
The 35-year-old accused also denied that the former thesis director had any affiliation with the Chinese battery manufacturer Hina, with whom he currently works. He assured China that all the information he was able to pass on came from open sources. He was evasive when the Crown Prosecutor told him about Hydro-Quebec’s rules on conflicts of interest or banning researchers from using a personal email address to send documents from the government company.
Earning an annual salary of $120,000 at Hydro-Quebec, Mr. Wang admitted that he had applied to Chinese institutions in recent years to find a job there. Something completely normal for a scientist of his level, his lawyer pointed out.
Monsieur does not work on maple syrup. It works in a global domain. So we went looking for him to come here.
Mto Gary Martin, Yuesheng Wang’s lawyer
“It is not unusual for him to apply for another position as he is the authority on lithium batteries,” he said.
Risk of leakage
On the crown side, Mr.to Marc Cigana requested that the defendant remain in custody pending trial, arguing that he had little ties to Canada and could easily escape. According to him, even if his passport is confiscated, the risk continues.
“Do you believe that his passport will be rejected if he goes to the Chinese Consulate? Why should he believe that he will not be given a new passport? the prosecutor asked.
Mto Cigana stressed that Mr. Wang was accused of acting “for the benefit” of the People’s Republic of China, not of acting “in line with” or “jointly” with the Chinese government.
He added that nothing prohibits supporting the Chinese regime, but that it is prohibited from doing so by stealing industrial secrets to the detriment of Canada’s economic interests.
He assured that the evidence would show that Mr. Wang had engaged in criminal behavior that deviated markedly from what would be expected of a Canadian public official.
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