Former RCMP officer charged with foreign interferance released on bail
Former RCMP officer charged with foreign interferance released on bail

Former RCMP officer William Majcher was released on bail after being charged and arrested with two counts under the Security of Information Act for providing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) with intelligence and services.

According to the RCMP, Majcher had been helping the PRC target Canadian citizens by using his network of contacts in Canada’s intelligence agencies and providing the PRC with sensitive information.

Majcher was granted bail on a $50,000 bond with the condition that he remain in Vancouver, report to a Burnaby RCMP station weekly and forfeit his passport and ability to leave the country.

Majcher had been charged with preparatory acts for the benefit of a foreign entity and conspiracy for alleged incidents of foreign interference between 2014 and 2019. 

According the RCMP, Majcher had “​​used his knowledge and his extensive network of contacts in Canada to obtain intelligence or services to benefit the People’s Republic of China.”

Majcher served as an RCMP officer for 22 years, going undercover to root out corruption in the financial sector and helping to bring down a Toronto lawyer accused of laundering money for a drug cartel. 

Since leaving the RCMP, Majcher moved to Hong Kong and developed a successful career as a businessman, using his expertise and experience from his time as a Mountie to further his career.

Alleged incidents of foreign interference from the PRC have become a major point of contention in the last year, with leaks from CSIS revealing alleged cooperation between Canadian politicians and PRC officials. 

MPs are currently in the process of negotiating the terms of a public inquiry into alleged foreign interference from China and other hostile foreign actors.

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