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Politics DOJ drops charges against five visiting researchers from China

04:08  24 july  2021
04:08  24 july  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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At least five Chinese researchers were arrested last year over the issue and two are still in jail. Civil liberties groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Law Caucus, have voiced concern about the cases, saying they reflect anti - China bias. Defense lawyers say their clients' real The judge in the case of Song Chen, another Chinese researcher and visiting scholar at Stanford University, had ordered FBI interrogations dropped for the same reason. Late on Thursday, the government appealed to the Ninth Circuit court against the ruling in Chen's case, a court filing showed.

– The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday moved to drop all charges against a Chinese researcher arrested last year on visa fraud, a case that is part of the department ’s “ China Initiative,” which aims to prevent the transfer of U.S. technology to China . Tang Juan, who was a visiting researcher at the University At least five Chinese researchers were arrested last year, two of whom are still in jail, over this question. Civil liberties groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Law Caucus have voiced concern about the cases, which they say reflect anti - China bias.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) this week moved to drop charges against five Chinese researchers accused of concealing ties to the Chinese military, including one who was detained last year after taking refuge in China's consulate in San Francisco.

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The dropped cases include visa fraud and other alleged crimes levied against biomedical and cancer researchers in California and a doctoral candidate studying artificial intelligence in Indiana, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Tang Juan, a biology researcher at the University of California, Davis, who was taken into custody last July at the San Francisco consulate, was scheduled to appear in court for the start of her trial Monday.

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The US Justice Department has moved to drop all charges against a Chinese researcher who was arrested last year by the US authorities over visa fraud and hiding her military credentials. Tang Juan, a visiting researcher at the University of California, whose jury trial was set to start on Monday, had been accused of lying about her affiliation to the Chinese military in order to acquire a US visa and avoiding arrest by entering the Chinese consulate in San Francisco. In a filing at the US District Court for the Eastern District of California, prosecutors said they were moving to dismiss the indictment and

The Department of Justice this afternoon announced charges against four Chinese nationals who are in the United States on research visas. They are accused of engaging in a concerted effort to conceal their ties with China ’s military. So more arrests are likely coming, and we may see more of China ’s consulates in the U.S. shut down. There are only five —four, now that the consulate in Houston is being shuttered. The four accused individuals’ names are Xin Wang, Juan Tang, Chen Song, and Kaikai Zhao.

The Journal reported Friday that judges had previously dismissed elements of the cases against Tang and another researcher, citing that FBI agents had not adequately informed the two of their rights against self-incrimination.

The Hill has reached out to the DOJ for comment.

Tang's attorneys, Malcolm Segal and Tom Johnson, said in a statement to the Sacramento Bee that they were "glad that the government decided to dismiss."

"We provided ample reason to do so," they added. "It was teetering anyway."

The Bee reported that U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez on Friday signed an order officially dropping the case against Tang, after which she had her ankle monitor removed and boarded a flight home to see her mother, husband and 9-year-old daughter.

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The U.S. Justice Department moved on Thursday to drop all charges against a Chinese researcher arrested last year over visa fraud in its “ China Initiative” that aims to prevent the transfer of U.S….

At least five Chinese researchers were arrested last year over the issue and two are still in jail. Civil liberties groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Law Caucus, have voiced concern about the cases, saying they reflect anti - China bias. Defense lawyers say their clients' real The judge in the case of Song Chen, another Chinese researcher and visiting scholar at Stanford University, had ordered FBI interrogations dropped for the same reason. Late on Thursday, the government appealed to the Ninth Circuit court against the ruling in Chen's case, a court filing showed.

Prosecutors had argued that Tang lied about her military ties in a visa application, and that agents had found photos of Tang dressed in military uniform and articles in China detailing her military affiliation, according to The Associated Press.

However, Tang's attorneys pushed back on the accusations, explaining that Tang had worked as a civilian at a Chinese military facility.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Friday alleged that the U.S. was arresting Chinese citizens "under fabricated charges, violating legitimate rights and interests of Chinese nationals," according to the AP.

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