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Defense lawyer Gary Martin, who represents Yuesheng Wang, chats with Mr. Wang's partner after a hearing at the Longueuil courthouse. (Archive photo)
The Canadian Press
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) indicated on Wednesday that&# x27;a former Hydro-Québec employee accused of spying for China now faces two new charges.
Yuesheng Wang, who conducted research on battery materials at Hydro-Québec, is the first person charged with economic espionage under the Canada Security of Information Act.
Last November, he had already been charged with four counts: unauthorized use of a computer, obtaining industrial secrets, fraud for obtaining trade secrets and breach of trust by a public official.
The RCMP announced Wednesday that Wang is now facing two other charges under the same Protection of Information Act. These new leaders are linked to the commission of preparatory acts on behalf of a foreign entity.
The RCMP allege Wang relayed information about Hydro-Québec to a Chinese university and Chinese research centers. He would also have published scientific articles and filed patents with them rather than with the Quebec state corporation.
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Police also allege that Wang used information without the consent of Hydro-Québec, thereby infringing intellectual property from his former employer, the Hydro-Québec Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage, in Varennes.
The Chinese national, who lives in Candiac, in Montérégie, denied the accusations and declared that he wanted to stay in Canada to clear his reputation.
He was released on bail in November 2022, with numerous conditions. In particular, he must deposit his passport, always carry a cell phone with him so that his location is known to the authorities and allow his two properties to be used as collateral in case he flees the country.
The accused will have to appear on April 5 at the Longueuil courthouse, indicates the RCMP.