UPDATE 1-China criticizes U.S. case against ex-Air China employee
(Adds comment from Ying Lin's lawyer, background on case)
By Ben Blanchard and Nate Raymond
BEIJING/NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Friday criticized the U.S. indictment of an ex-Air China Ltd employee for smuggling packages on behalf of Chinese military personnel stationed at China's U.N. mission in New York.
Ying Lin, who prosecutors say also helped a Chinese national flee the country last year amid an FBI probe, was charged in an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday after being arrested in August 2015 on an earlier charge.
The new indictment alleged Lin, while working for Air China at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, helped smuggle packages onto flights from Chinese military officers at its U.N. mission and employees at China's consulate.
In return, Lin, 46, received among other things tax-exempt purchases of discounted liquor and electronic devices, the indictment said.
China's Foreign Ministry in a statement to Reuters said it was paying close attention to the case.
"The relevant accusations and insinuations against Chinese diplomatic personnel based in the United States have ulterior motives," the ministry said.
"We want to stress that Chinese diplomatic missions and personnel overseas always respect relevant international treaties and local laws and rules," it added. Continuación...