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The man was held in custody over a year ago and is now being charged. Credit: Noella Johansson/TT

Tibetan community welcomes "first ever" Chinese spying trial

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A 49-year-old man from China has been charged with spying on Tibetan refugees in Sweden, in a case they say is the first in the world.

Jamyang Choedon, president of the Tibetan Community in Sweden says to Radio Sweden they have known about the case for a year, but it means a lot that the Swedish security service is going ahead with a formal prosecution, and they hope it will show the way for other countries.

At the security service, Säpo, Daniel Stenling is head of the counter-espionage department. He says they think this is a serious crime, which often follows people who seek safety in Sweden.

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