Ex-RCMP officer accused of foreign interference granted bail

A former RCMP officer charged with foreign interference and aiding the Chinese government has been conditionally released from custody after his arrest last Friday in Vancouver.

William Majcher, 60, was granted bail on a $50,000 bond following an appearance by videoconference from a Longueuil, Que. courthouse Tuesday. He is required to reside in Vancouver and cannot leave the country as part of his release conditions.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 29.

According to the RCMP, Majcher allegedly helped the government of China “identify and intimidate” an individual in Canada and “allegedly used his knowledge and his extensive network of contacts in Canada to obtain intelligence or services to benefit the People’s Republic of China.”

Majcher, who is from Hong Kong, was charged with two counts under the Security of Information Act: preparatory acts for the benefit of a foreign entity and conspiracy.

This is a developing story. More to come.  

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