U.S. prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss spy charges against a Chinese physicist from Temple University, reports Philly.com.
Xiaoxing Xi was accused of sending the Chinese government schematics of a device that was known to revolutionize his field.
Xi had signed an agreement not to sell, transfer or try to reproduce the device, but his lawyers say this was an extremely complicated case which prosecutors never fully understood nor bothered to learn.
Prosecutors would only say they dropped their case after “additional information came to the attention of the government.”
Xi’s attorneys said the schematics their client sent was not what the government alleged.
“We’re relieved that the indictment against my father has been dismissed,” said Xi’s daughter Joyce.
Last week several Asian American groups called for an investigation of recent prosecutions it said were racially motivated.
You can read more reaction to the dismissal in Philly.com.