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