UPDATE 4-Ex-Air China worker charged by U.S. for smuggling for Chinese military
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By Nate Raymond
NEW YORK Aug 31 (Reuters) - An ex-Air China Ltd employee was indicted on Wednesday for smuggling packages onto flights from New York to China on behalf of Chinese military personnel stationed at the country's U.N. mission, U.S. prosecutors said.
Ying Lin, 46, was also accused in an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn of obstructing justice by helping a Chinese national the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating to flee the country last year.
Prosecutors did not name the Chinese national, but his description matches that of Qin Fei of Beijing, who other court records show the FBI has suspected may be involved with Chinese intelligence.
Qin's link to Lin was revealed recently following the filing in court of the FBI's 2015 interview of Ng Lap Seng, a Macau billionaire accused of participating in a U.N. bribery and who was also linked to Lin.
Lawyers for Lin and Qin did not respond to requests for comment. Ng's lawyer declined comment. An Air China spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.
China's Defense Ministry declined to comment.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she "did not understand the relevant situation". She did not elaborate. Continuación...