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Great Britain: Two Britons accused of spying for China

AA / London / Aysu Bicer

Two Britons have been accused of spying for China and providing “information useful to the enemy” in a case that has shocked the UK.

British media reported that Christopher Berry, 32, of Witney, Oxfordshire, and former parliamentary researcher Christopher Cash, 29, of Whitechapel, London, were charged under the Secrets Act following a tough counter-terrorism investigation.

The indictment stems from allegations that between December 2021 and February 2023, the defendants obtained, recorded and disseminated information “for purposes detrimental to the security or interests of the state,” which could be interpreted as “directly or indirectly benefiting the enemy.” .

Two people arrested in March last year were released on bail by the police while the investigation continued.

They are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday to face the charges.

According to SkyNews, the head of the counter-terrorism command, Dominic Murphy, said “this is an extremely difficult investigation into very serious allegations”.

“We are aware that there has been some public and media interest in this matter, but we ask that they refrain from any further comment or speculation so that the legal process can now take its course.”

* Translated from English by Munir Benuri.

Source: AA

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