Alleged Chinese agents in court

first_img Gaylord, a counterintelligence agent, has stated in court documents that Chi Mak admitted feeding information on Navy research to China since 1983, fully aware that it was sensitive and subject to export laws. Mak hoped it would help the Chinese government develop similar technology, Gaylord claimed. Mak’s attorney, Ronald Kaye, accused the government of mischaracterizing his client’s statements and compared the case to recent Chinese spy trials that eventually collapsed. “Why should the public accept the government’s characterization of the evidence when it’s been shown they’ll prosecute these cases with any means necessary?” Kaye asked. He noted that Mak, who worked in Hong Kong for Hong Kong Electric before emigrating in 1978, has no criminal record. Investigators have said they recovered restricted documents on the DDX Destroyer, an advanced technology warship, that were marked “for official use only.” Officials also allegedly found two lists in Chinese asking Chi Mak for documents about submarine torpedoes and other technology. According to Gaylord, Chi Mak told investigators that his brother was giving the information to a researcher at the Chinese Center for Asia Pacific Studies at Zhongshan University in Guangzhou. Authorities say the center conducts operations research for and receives funding from the People’s Liberation Army. The researcher – Pu Pei-Liang, also known as David Pu – was believed to work for the government. Mak also allegedly said that his brother, a legal resident who works for the Phoenix North American Chinese Channel, had voluntarily joined the PLA and served with a propaganda unit. Tai Wang Mak’s attorney has denied that accusation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The case against three alleged Chinese agents is set to return to court today with testimony from an FBI official that could help explain why the government has filed only one criminal charge despite making sweeping claims of conspiracy and theft. Chinese-American engineer Chi Mak, his wife, Rebecca Laiwah Chiu, and brother Tai Wang Mak pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that they were unregistered agents for China. Each was indicted on a single count even though an affidavit submitted last month by FBI Special Agent James Gaylord alleged they had committed crimes ranging from stealing government property to conspiracy. The initial accusations carried a maximum combined sentence of 25 years; the most recent counts could bring 10 years at most. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Today, Gaylord is expected to come under questioning from Tai Wang Mak’s defense attorney, who is challenging the government’s move to deny his client bond. Prosecutors also will argue their appeal against the court’s decision to set bond at $300,000 for Chi Mak, who remains in custody. Investigators allege that Chi Mak, 65, took computer disks from Anaheim-based defense contractor Power Paragon, where he worked on a sensitive research project involving propulsion systems for Navy warships. He and his wife allegedly copied the information to CDs, encrypted the files and delivered them to 56-year-old Tai Wang Mak, who was scheduled to fly to Hong Kong on Oct. 28 before heading to Guangzhou, China. The younger Mak and his wife, Fuk Heung Li, were arrested at Los Angeles International Airport as they prepared to board a plane. The CD was found in Li’s luggage, authorities said. Prosecutors have held off on more serious charges – espionage, for example – partly because the military data in question were highly sensitive but not classified. last_img

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