US woman held in China for six months ‘for stealing state secrets’

BBC News
Date: 22 September 2015

An American woman has been held by authorities in China for the past six months accused of

Image caption A China-US business consultant, Sandy Phan-Gillis had been to China many times. Image copyright SaveSandy.org
Image caption A China-US business consultant, Sandy Phan-Gillis had been to China many times. Image copyright SaveSandy.org

stealing state secrets, her husband has revealed.

Sandy Phan-Gillis’s husband Jeff Gillis said he decided to go public about her circumstances ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the US.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei confirmed the investigation in a regular briefing on Tuesday.

The US government has not commented. Her family deny the allegations.

The New York Times reports that she has now been formally arrested, citing her husband and lawyer.
House arrest

Mrs Phan-Gillis, a naturalised American born in Vietnam, was detained in March, during a trade visit to promote the Texan city of Houston.

According to Save Sandy, a website campaigning for her release, she has spent six months in so-called “residential detention”, which it equates to house arrest.

Her husband says she is now being moved to a more secure facility.     [FULL  STORY]

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