Prosecutors nod Rio Tinto employees' arrest over trade secrets infringement, bribery
www.chinaview.cn 2009-08-12 00:39:09   Print
°§Prosecutors have approved the arrest of four employees of Rio Tinto.
°§Probes showed they obtained China's commercial secrets through improper means.
°§Prosecution authorities found evidence to prove they were involved in commercial bribery.

    BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Prosecutors have approved the arrest of four employees of the Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. on charges of trade secrets infringement and bribery, according to a statement of China's Supreme People's Procuratorate late Tuesday.

Photo taken on July 9, 2009 shows the Rio Tinto Ltd. Office in Shanghai, east China. Four employees of the Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto Ltd. have been arrested over alleged stealing of China's state secrets, including Stern Hu, general manager of the company's Shanghai offic. The four people, including Hu, had been detained by China's security authorities Sunday evening.

Photo taken on July 9, 2009 shows the Rio Tinto Ltd. Office in Shanghai, east China. Four employees of the Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto Ltd. have been arrested over alleged stealing of China's state secrets, including Stern Hu, general manager of the company's Shanghai offic. The four people, including Hu, had been detained by China's security authorities Sunday evening.(Xinhua Photo)
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    Preliminary investigations have showed that the four employees, Stern Hu, Liu Caikui, Ge Minqiang and Wang Yong, had obtained commercial secrets of China's steel and iron industry through improper means, which had violated the country's Criminal Law, according to the statement.

    Prosecution authorities also found evidence to prove that they were involved in commercial bribery.

    Investigations have also revealed that there were suspects in China's steel and iron enterprises who were providing commercial secrets for them.

    The four were detained in Shanghai in early July on charges of stealing China's state secrets.     

    Stern Hu, an Australian citizen of Chinese origin, was general manager of the company's Shanghai office and was in charge of the iron ore business in China.

    Hu was a long-standing employee of Rio Tinto and had lived in Shanghai for a number of years with his wife, who is also an Australian citizen.

    The other three, who also worked in the Shanghai office, are Chinese employees of the company.

Watchdog on secrets: Rio caused "huge loss"

    BEIJING, Aug. 10 -- China's state-secret watchdog has accused mining multinational Rio Tinto of engaging in commercial spying over six years, saying data on the company's computers showed the espionage came at a "huge loss to China." Full story

Four Rio Tinto employees detained in China for spying

    SHANGHAI, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Four employees of the Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto Ltd. have been detained on charges of stealing China's state secrets, the Shanghai state security authorities said Thursday.

    They included Stern Hu, general manager of the company's Shanghai office, who was also in charge of the iron ore business in China, according to the Shanghai municipal state security agency. Full story

Editor: Yan
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