Sweden charged a man this week on accusations he spied on fellow Tibetan exiles for China.
The man collected information on where people lived, their family members, trips, meetings, and political activities and is suspected of giving that information to a Chinese official in exchange for cash.
China has spied on refugees in Sweden in the past as part of a strategy to control what exiles abroad say about China.
Sweden formally charged a Tibetan man for spying on fellow exiles in the Scandinavian country this week.
The man, identified as 49-year-old Dorjee Gyantsan in charge sheets cited by the Associated Press, was arrested in February 2017 on suspicion of spying on the Tibetan diaspora in Sweden and handing intelligence over to a “foreign nation.”
The country has not been officially identified but is widely believed to be China, after the state prosecutor told local media that the suspect met with a Chinese official, reported to be an embassy secretary, in Poland and another official in Finland. Gyanstan reportedly received at least $6,000 on one occasion, shortly before his arrest.
“Unlawful intelligence activities targeting refugees is a very serious crime. It undermines the democratic process, as it prevents people who are already vulnerable and have fled their countries from exercising the rights and freedoms they should be enjoying under Sweden’s constitution,” Daniel Stenling, the head of Sweden’s Security Service’s Counter-Intelligence Unit, said in a statement.
Gyantsan, who used several identity cards, collected information on some of the roughly 140 exiled Tibetans living in Sweden from June 2015 to February 2017. That information included where people lived, their family relationships, trips, meetings, and their political activities.
Jamyang Choedon, the president of Tibetan Community in Sweden, told the Associated Press it was “shocking” that China was spying on the them, particularly as the community is so small.
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