JUDGE: NO BAIL IN CHINESE NUKE CASE
A federal magistrate in Tennessee has denied bail for a Chinese-American man charged in a major nuclear technology transfer case.
Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho, who holds dual U.S. and Chinese citizenship, was indicted in April on charges he conspired to develop and produce special nuclear material in China in violation of the Atomic Energy Act.
He also was charged with acting as an unregistered agent of the Chinese government.
Working for the Chinese state-owned company China General Nuclear Power Co., Mr. Ho sought to buy details of U.S. nuclear reactor designs that would allow China to shortcut research and development in building copies of U.S. reactors.
The technology sought by the Chinese is dualuse and could be used to support China’s large-scale nuclear weapons modernization program.