A former member of Canada’s national police force has been charged with conspiracy after allegedly helping the Chinese government blackmail a man, police said Friday.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a news release that retired Mountie William Majcher is accused of helping identify the man targeted by threatening the Chinese government. They said Majer, 60, used his network of Canadian contacts to obtain intelligence or services that benefited China.
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RCMP Corporal Tasha Adams said Majer is living in Hong Kong and works for a firm that specializes in asset recovery. He said he was arrested Thursday night in Vancouver.
Police did not say who was the target of Beijing’s alleged intimidation campaign.
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Majchar is accused of conspiracy and preparatory acts for the benefit of a foreign entity, police said.
The Chinese embassy in Ottawa did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
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Earlier this year, the Canadian government expelled a Chinese diplomat accused by Canada’s spy agency of being involved in a plot to intimidate an opposition lawmaker and his relatives in Hong Kong.