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Researcher Who’s in US on J1 Visa Accused of Lying About Her Ties to Chinese Military

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Dr. Juan Tang was launched from jail late Thursday after an lawyer put up $750,000 in his house fairness as bail. Tang, a most cancers researcher, was arrested by the FBI in July after spending practically a month on the Chinese consulate in San Francisco.

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  • Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 8:48 AM IST

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A Chinese researcher accused of mendacity about her ties to the Chinese navy to realize entry to a lab on the University of California, Davis has been launched on bail. But, federal officers are attempting to return her to custody as a flight threat.

Dr. Juan Tang was launched from jail late Thursday after an lawyer put up $750,000 in his house fairness as bail. Tang, a most cancers researcher, was arrested by the FBI in July after spending practically a month on the Chinese consulate in San Francisco.






The lawyer who put up his home for bail was recognized this week as Steven Cui, a civil lawyer from the Bay Area who had by no means met or spoken to Tang earlier than. Cui, an immigrant from China, stated he wished to supply assist to indicate that the U.S. justice system works pretty, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Tang was ordered to spend 14 days in quarantine at Cui’s home as a precaution towards the coronavirus by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman. She was instructed to not depart the house after that with out the permission of pretrial service officers.

She was additionally ordered to “solely seek the advice of with officers of the People’s Republic of China on the consulate solely within the presence of counsel through phone or video-conference.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Heiko Coppola filed a movement asking one other decide to overturn Newman’s orders and return Tang to jail, arguing that she has no cause to remain within the nation as soon as launched.

“Because there is no such thing as a relationship between the events, Tang loses completely nothing of worth to her if she flees the United States,” he wrote. “Mr. Cui and his family assume all of the risk for Tang’s flight. Moreover, because the United States has no extradition treaty with the People’s Republic of China, should Tang flee, it is unlikely that she will ever return.”

Tang’s attorneys, Malcolm Segal and Tom Johnson, have argued that she is a revered scientist who wouldn’t select the lifetime of a world fugitive as a way to escape the opportunity of a jail sentence as little as six months.

Her attorneys additionally say that any pictures of her sporting Chinese navy uniforms are from her days attending navy faculty.

But the U.S. authorities says that FBI brokers discovered ample proof that she has ties to the People’s Liberation Army-Air Force and China’s communist occasion and lied about these ties on her visa utility.

“During a later review of the electronic media evidence seized from Tang’s residence, agents discovered a myriad of different photographs of Tang wearing a military uniform,” Coppola wrote. “Agents additionally discovered a video depicting a presentation performed by Tang wherein she is sporting what seems to be the PLAAF navy uniform discovered of their open supply search, and he or she begins the presentation with a salute.

“The video presentation was recorded inside days of Tang’s entrance into the United States on the J-1 visa.”


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