China concludes espionage probe against Rio exec

Australian passport-holder Stern Hu was arrested in Shanghai in July with three Chinese colleagues and initially accused of stealing state secrets.

China concludes espionage probe against Rio exec

China has concluded its commercial espionage investigation into an executive with mining giant Rio Tinto, but was yet to determine whether he would face trial, Australia said on Monday.

Australian passport-holder Stern Hu was arrested in Shanghai in July with three Chinese colleagues and initially accused of stealing state secrets.

The accusations were later watered down to industrial espionage, centring on alleged bribery during high-stakes iron ore contract talks.

"The case is now in the hands of the Shanghai People's Procuratorate (prosecutor) who will decide whether it should be brought to trial," said Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), after being notified by Chinese authorities.

"We are not in a position to say how long this phase of the case will take, and are not prepared to speculate about the outcome. Details of the actual charges are not likely to be known until the prosecutors have made their decision on whether the case should proceed to trial," DFAT said in a statement.



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