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Mistrial Declared in China Initiative Case

June 17, 2021

The trial of a former University of Tennessee engineering professor accused of concealing his ties to a Chinese university ended in a mistrial Wednesday after the jury could not reach a verdict, WBIR, an NBC affiliate in Knoxville, reported.

It is not clear if the federal government will try again to prosecute Anming Hu, who was accused of failing to disclose his relationship with a Chinese university to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He was charged with wire fraud and making false statements.

Hu is one of about a dozen scientists who have been criminally charged for allegedly concealing Chinese funding or affiliations on federal grant applications or other federal forms under the auspices of the Department of Justice’s controversial China Initiative.

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