Chinese Ambassador to Iceland Ma Jisheng and his wife have been arrested by Chinese authorities on suspicion of espionage, reports the Global Post.
As reported, Ma Jisheng, who has been China’s ambassador to Iceland since 2012, left Iceland on January 23 of this year. By all accounts, he was expected to come back the following March.
However, Ma Jisheng never returned, and neither Icelandic nor Chinese authorities would comment on his whereabouts.
Reuters reports that Ma is suspected of becoming a Japanese spy while working in the Chinese embassy in Tokyo between 2004 and 2008.
Asked whether the reports were true, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, “I have no information on this”.
Hong gave the same reply when asked where Ma currently was and who the Chinese ambassador to Iceland was if Ma was no longer there.