The Suzhou Intermediate Court announced the verdict against Liang Chengyun.
An American national charged with espionage in China has been sentenced to life in prison after it was revealed he had been imprisoned for over two years.
The Suzhou Intermediate Court announced the verdict of 78-year-old Liang Chengyun, also known as John Shing-Wan Leung, in a press release on Monday. Leung also had permanent residence in Hong Kong.
He “was found guilty of espionage, sentenced to life imprisonment, stripped of his political rights for life and confiscated of RMB500,000 worth of personal property,” officials said in a statement translated by ABC News.
Leung was arrested on April 15, 2021 by the Chinese State Security Bureau, an investigative agency similar to the FBI or CIA in the United States, the court said.
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