Longueuil, Que. –
A former worker of Quebec’s electrical energy utility who’s charged with financial espionage for the advantage of China denied on Thursday that he was a flight threat and stated he wished to remain in Canada to struggle the fees.
“I wish to keep right here to clear my identify,” Yuesheng Wang instructed the court docket throughout the second day of a bail listening to on the courthouse in Longueuil, Que., south of Montreal. He instructed the court docket that defending his status was crucial to him.
The 35-year-old has been detained since his Nov. 14 arrest by the RCMP. Federal prosecutors oppose his launch as a result of they worry he’ll flee the nation.
Wang, a resident of Candiac, Que., south of Montreal, is the primary individual to be charged with financial espionage underneath Canada’s Security of Information Act, and he additionally faces three fees underneath the Criminal Code for fraudulent use of a pc, fraudulently acquiring a commerce secret and breach of belief.
The RCMP allege that the previous Hydro-Quebec worker gave details about the general public company to a Chinese college and Chinese analysis centres and that he printed scientific articles and filed patents with them slightly than with the general public utility. Police additionally allege Wang used info with out his employer’s consent, harming Hydro-Quebec’s mental property.
Until he was fired earlier this month, Wang was a researcher who labored on battery supplies with the utility’s Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage, referred to as CETEES. The centre develops expertise for electrical automobiles and energy-storage programs.
Since Wednesday, the court docket has heard a few of the proof gathered in the midst of the RCMP investigation. Wang’s lawyer, Gary Martin, has not sought a publication ban on any of the proof.
“For many causes, he feels he is being charged unjustly, and the recriminations made in opposition to him … what they are saying or allege in opposition to him, is not truthful,” Martin stated exterior the courtroom. “He’s entitled to struggle again.”
Wang is alleged to have used his Hydro-Quebec e mail account to switch to his private e mail tackle confidential paperwork and unauthorized pictures of the lab he labored in southeast of Montreal.
He instructed the court docket that the knowledge he’s alleged to have despatched was not secret and was “open supply.” He stated he took pictures utilizing his cellphone of the lab, however he stated he did so to indicate safety flaws to his colleagues. He admitted, nevertheless, to seeing indicators within the lab forbidding images.
Wang, a Chinese nationwide on a piece visa for his job with the Quebec utility, put up his suburban Montreal house and a downtown condominium as assurance he would stay in Canada. He has no household within the nation and a restricted social life that features work and a climbing group, he stated.
His girlfriend of just below two years, Ayun Feng Zheng, instructed the court docket she would act as a surety to make sure Wang abides by the court docket’s circumstances, ought to he be launched. But she stated she had no cash to supply.
“I actually imagine he’ll keep to show he did not do these issues,” she instructed the court docket.
“His tutorial achievement is one thing he is actually happy with and in addition cares about so much … to proceed his beloved tutorial work, I believe he’ll keep so as to clear his identify and get honest therapy from Hydro-Quebec and this nation.”
Quebec court docket Judge Marco LaBrie will hear closing arguments later Thursday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 23, 2022.