- Title: China says two U.S. citizens arrested in September have been released on bail
- Date: 17th October 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (OCTOBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG ARRIVING FOR REGULAR NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "American citizens Alyssa Peterson and Jacob Harlan, the ones you just mentioned, were placed under criminal detention on September 27, and on September 29 they have been released on bail and are awaiting trial on charges of illegally moving people across country borders. The case handling agency has informed the US Consulate General in Shanghai in time to arrange for consular visits by US consular officials and to protect the legitimate rights and interests of the two." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING CHINESE FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 31st October 2019 09:16
- Keywords: China USA Detained
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1HHDMV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday (October 17) that two U.S. citizens who were placed under criminal detention in late September have been released on bail and are awaiting trial on charges of illegally moving people across country borders.
Alyssa Peterson and Jacob Harlan, who worked for U.S.-based education company China Horizons, were detained in eastern China late last month and have been in contact with U.S. officials, said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.
China Horizons said in a social media post last week that the company has been operating in the country for 17 years and that it believed the charges were "bogus".
Gengshuang, the spokesman of China's Foreign Ministry did not elaborate on the details of the case, but said public security officials had detained the pair according to the law and that it had notified the U.S. side in a timely manner.
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