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Two Britons To Be Tried On Charges Of Spying For China

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Two Britons, including a former researcher for a prominent Conservative Party lawmaker, have been informed that they will face trial next year on accusations of espionage for China. Christopher Cash, 29, and Christopher Berry, 32, were cinviharged last month with supplying prejudicial information to China, in violation of the Official Secrets Act.

During their brief appearance at London’s Old Bailey Court, Cash and Berry only confirmed their names and dates of birth. Both have not yet entered a plea. The court announced that their trial would take place in the spring or summer of next year. They have been released on bail and are expected back in court on October 4.

European nations have become increasingly concerned about suspected Chinese espionage activities, accusations that Beijing denies. The UK government has recently expressed rising concerns. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivered a speech in Warsaw last month where he condemned Chinese state-affiliated actors for orchestrating “malicious cyber campaigns” targeting British lawmakers.

Earlier this week, Sunak noted that a “malign actor” had likely compromised the payment system used by the British armed forces. British media sources indicated that China was suspected to be behind this cyberattack. However, Beijing dismissed these allegations as “absurd.”

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Amid this heightened concern, both accused individuals face significant scrutiny. Cash, a former researcher for a Conservative MP, and Berry are charged with sharing sensitive information with Chinese authorities. The charges underscore the rising international tensions over cybersecurity and espionage.

The upcoming trial will likely attract considerable attention due to its implications for international security and the ongoing allegations surrounding China’s suspected intelligence activities.

With Inputs From Reuters