Australian Police Foil Weapons Smuggling Plot

Australian Police have arrested Chinese spy network-linked Queensland businessmen who allegedly tried to traffic military hardware from Russia to China.

Chinese-born Gold Coast accountant Kim Bowei Lee, 64, and Russian-born Brisbane entrepreneur Alexander Cher, 63 were charged under Australia’s Defence Trade Control Act.

According to court documents, Cher and Lee “arranged for another person to supply goods which were listed in part 1 of the Defence and Strategic Goods list from the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of China” between January 9, 2018, and July 27.

Lee and Cher were also accused of partnering with a suspected Chinese spy, Melbourne businessman Brian Chen, who is now in hiding and the subject of an Interpol red notice.

Lee and Cher have not been directly accused as Chinese spies but their associations with several figures have raised suspicion for the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO.)

Cher, originally named Alexander Tcherkezov has various enterprises in Australia while Lee was one of six passengers on a suspicious jet flight with Xi Jinping’s cousin that was investigated for money laundering. 

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