Monday, January 11, 2010

China sends Rio espionage case to prosecutors
Chinese authorities have referred the Rio Tinto commercial espionage case to the Shanghai People's Procuratorate (prosecutor) to decide whether the case will be brought to court, said Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade on Monday.

Chinese prosecutors will have about a month to decide whether the case should go on trial, or they could refer it back to the police if they feel there is insufficient proof for a prosecution.

Four Rio staff have been under Chinese custody since July after China accused them of illegally obtaining commercial secrets.


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