Elderly American citizen gets life sentence in China for espionage

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A Chinese court has sentenced a 78-year-old American citizen to life in prison on spying charges, CNN reports.

The Intermediate People's Court in the eastern city of Suzhou convicted John Shing-Wan Leung, also a permanent resident of Hong Kong, of espionage and handed down a life sentence on Monday, per the court's statement. Leung was arrested by state authorities in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on April 15, 2021, according to the statement, though there were no further details on the nature of his charges. The court also confiscated about 500,000 Yuan ($71,797) worth of his personal property.

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