A Chinese prosecutor is accused by the US Department of Justice of leading a campaign of intimidation against Chinese people in the United States. That campaign, Operation Fox Hunt, was designed to force Chinese in the US to return to China to be tried there.
The US authorities indicted eight people in this case last October. That came rolling last year when it emerged that a former Chinese government official who has lived with his family in the US for more than 10 years was threatened and pressured to return to China.
Among other things, the victim received a threatening letter stating that his wife and child would be unharmed if he returned to China to serve a 10-year prison sentence. China suspects the man of embezzlement, abuse of power and taking bribes.
According to the US Department of Justice, the Chinese prosecutor was involved in a plan in April 2017 to fly the victim’s father from China to the US, to pressure him. If he did not return to China, his family would be harmed. The plan ultimately failed, after which the father was returned to China, and the prosecutor also flew back. The prosecution would then have ordered the destruction of evidence.
Eight people were arrested last year, including a former American police officer hired as a private investigator to keep an eye on one of the Chinese targets. The detainees are suspected of conspiracy and acting as illegal agents for a foreign government.
According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the accusation by the Chinese prosecutor is intended to block attempts to arrest Chinese criminals in the US. China says the targets are suspected of corruption, but the US says they are opponents of Chinese leader Xi Jinping