Longueuil, Que. –
A former Quebec power company employee charged with economic espionage for China said at his bail hearing today that he wanted to stay in Canada to exonerate himself.
It’s day two of Yuesheng Wang’s bail hearing at the courthouse in Longueuil, Que., south of Montreal.
The 35-year-old has been detained since his Nov. 14 arrest by the RCMP, and federal prosecutors are opposing his release because they consider him a flight risk.
Wang, a resident of Candiac, Quebec, south of Montreal, is the first person to be charged with economic espionage under Canada’s Security of Information Act, and he also faces three charges in under the Criminal Code for fraudulent use of a computer, fraudulent obtaining of a trade secret and breach of trust.
RCMP allege the former Hydro-Quebec employee provided information about the public company to a Chinese university and Chinese research centers and published scientific papers and filed patents with them instead than with the public service.
Police also allege that Wang used information without his employer’s consent, infringing on Hydro-Quebec’s intellectual property.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 23, 2022.