German indicted as Falungong spy for China

31st January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Prosecutors said Monday they have indicted a 54-year-old German man on charges of spying on the German section of the Falungong spiritual group on behalf of Chinese agents.

John K. was one of the founders of the German chapter of Falungong and took part in European and world conferences of the movement, which is banned in China, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

From March 2006 onwards he allegedly passed to the Chinese secret services internal information about the group's structure and activities, and emails from September 2008 at the latest.

China calls the Buddhist-inspired movement known for its meditative exercises an "evil cult." The group says its practitioners are treated brutally in China and sometimes killed. K. was indicted on January 17.

© 2011 AFP

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