BERLIN — Federal prosecutors say they have indicted a man for allegedly spying on the Falun Gong movement in Germany for China’s intelligence service.
Germany’s top prosecutors said in a statement Monday the 54-year-old German citizen, identified only as Dr. John Z., is accused of reporting activities and confidential data from the spiritual group’s German section to the agency between 2006 and 2010.
It said the man maintained good contacts within the movement as he was one of the groups’ founding members in Germany, and he also had access to most of Falun Gong’s email lists, meetings and conferences.
Falun Gong is a spiritual movement despised by China’s communist government — apparently out of fear it could threaten the state’s authority.
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