Seven people, including two New York residents, have been indicted in connection with an alleged plot by the Chinese regime to coerce a dissident in the United States to return to China, the Justice Department (DOJ) announced on Oct. 20.
An Quanzhong, 55, and his daughter An Guangyang, 34, of Roslyn, New York, were arrested on the morning of Oct. 20 and were due to appear before the District Court for the Eastern District of New York for an arraignment hearing in the afternoon, according to DOJ. The remaining five defendants are at large in China; the United States doesn’t have an extradition treaty with China.
Six of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to act as illegal agents for China.
The group allegedly worked at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to illegally force a Chinese national living in the United States to return to China, according to an indictment (pdf) unsealed on Oct. 20.