Canada investigates illegal Chinese police station in Toronto

OTTAWA, – Canadian Federal Police investigated on Thursday (10/27/2022) reports that China has set up illegal police stations in the North American country.

Multiple local media, citing Spain-based human rights group Safeguard Defenders, reported this week that police stations in residences, one-story commercial buildings and convenience stores in Toronto were among 54 posts Chinese police in the world.

China has denied accusations of illegal activities at the police station, saying the station provides services such as driving license extensions for Chinese nationals overseas.

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In E-mail at AFPthe Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said it was investigating reports of criminal activity in connection with so-called “police” offices.

“The RCMP takes threats to the safety of people living in Canada very seriously and recognizes that a foreign country may seek to intimidate or harm communities or individuals in Canada,” he added, quoted by the news agency. AFP.

The Netherlands has also launched a similar investigation.

According to Safeguard Defenders, the police station is used chinese font to conduct police operations overseas and pressure Chinese nationals to return to “Panda Country” to face criminal charges.

In a September 2022 report, the NGO revealed that the offices ofchinese police station far more nefarious and totally illegal purposes than Beijing admits, including target tracking and pursuit.

He said a total of 230,000 Chinese nationals were repatriated to China – mostly from countries in Asia – through these methods which included threats and harassment of family members at home or directly to targets abroad. abroad, between April 2021 and July 2022.

The recent indictment in the United States in a foreign interference case against seven Chinese nationals provides an example of a person accused of embezzlement and living in Canada in 2018 being forced to return to China. Eventually he left even though he initially didn’t want to come back.

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The Chinese government coordinated some of the US operations from Toronto, according to court documents.

However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the report was completely false.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning added that his public security agency “strictly abides by international law and fully respects the judicial sovereignty of other countries”.

The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said these police stations are staffed by local volunteers and not Chinese police, who help with eye exams for driver’s license renewals, for example.

“They are not involved in any criminal investigations or relevant activities,” the Chinese Embassy said.

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