Accused of spying at Hydro-Québec, Yuesheng Wang tries to be released on bail

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Accused of espionage at Hydro-Quebec, Yuesheng Wang tries to be released on bail

Defense attorney Gary Martin, who represents Yuesheng Wang, chats with Mr. Wang's partner after a courthouse hearing in Longueuil.

The former Hydro-Quebec employee accused of economic espionage for the benefit of China assured Thursday, on the second day of his bail hearing, that he wanted to stay in Canada to clear his reputation.

Yuesheng Wang appeared again at the Longueuil courthouse. The 35-year-old man has been detained since his arrest on November 14 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Crown prosecutors oppose his release on bail because they fear the accused will leave the country.

Mr. Wang, who lives in Candiac, Montérégie, is the first person to be charged with economic espionage under Canada's Security of Information Act.

He also faces three charges under the Criminal Code: breach of trust, fraudulent and unauthorized use of a computer, and obtaining a trade secret by deception, lying or misrepresentation. x27;other fraudulent means.

RCMP alleges former Hydro-Quebec employee provided information about Crown corporation to university China and Chinese research centers, and that he has published scientific papers and filed patents with these institutions, rather than with Hydro.

According to Hydro-Québec, Mr. Wang worked at its Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage in Varennes. There he conducted research on battery materials, a booming sector.

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