Former Hong Kong diplomat jailed 12 years for spying

Dutch diplomat Raymond Poeteray and his wife Meta. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A former Hong Kong-based diplomat has been jailed for 12 years for selling hundreds of sensitive military documents to Russia intelligence - including Nato's activities in Afghanistan and Libya. Ex-Dutch foreign service employee Raymond Poeteray - who worked at the consulate in Hong Kong between 2004 and 2008 - "perturbed and undermined the interests of the Netherlands and its allies", the court in The Hague said in a statement yesterday.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 4:02am

Italian diplomat in Benghazi escapes gun attack on car

A security guard points to the bullet impacts on the bulletproof vehicle of Italy's consul to Benghazi. Photo: AFP

Italy’s consul to Benghazi in eastern Libya escaped unscathed after an attack on his bulletproof car in the city on Saturday, Italian news agency ANSA and local security sources reported.

13 Jan 2013 - 11:47am

Chinese diplomat leaves Japan amid spying claims

A diplomat in charge of economic affairs at the Chinese embassy in Tokyo has left Japan amid media reports he was spying and taking illegal consulting fees from a Japanese company.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Missing laptops raise alarm

British consular officials are staying tight-lipped over a break-in at the Stanley home of a senior diplomat, and on whether two laptops stolen in the incident contain sensitive information.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong is old stomping grounds for Mexico's acting consul general

The acting Mexican consul general is clearly eager to prove he can do the job full time. Andres Pena (with SML's marketing director Denise Leicester) arrived from Shanghai only recently to fill the vacated position, but he was doing his best to promote his country at Times Square's SML on Wednesday night at a media tasting of the restaurant's new Mexican menu.

12 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

US-schooled diplomat posted to Pyongyang

A US-educated Chinese diplomat with no experience in the Korean peninsula will be China's next ambassador to North Korea, according to a South Korean report.

2 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

'Diplomat' puts Da Vinci Code in the shade

He's not quite the diplomat perhaps, but Chris Patten knows a thing or two about selling books. Hong Kong sales of his latest title have eclipsed Dan Brown's publishing sensation The Da Vinci Code since its release in September, and are second only to those of J.K. Rowling's boy wizard Harry Potter.

23 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Not Quite the Diplomat - Home Truths About World Affairs

Not Quite the Diplomat - Home Truths About World Affairs

by Chris Patten

Penguin, $135

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Tourist magnets

Hong Kong should develop more cultural and outdoor attractions for tourists, says Japan's top diplomat here regarding a fall in the number of Japanese visitors. What do you think Hong Kong should do to attract more tourists? Write to us.

20 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Diplomat attacked by jobless knifeman

In a fresh sign of social unrest, a Russian diplomat and his family were attacked in their car by a knife-wielding unemployed worker.

The incident occurred at night in a car park outside the prestigious Saite department store opposite Beijing's main diplomatic compound in Jianguomenwai on May 28.

6 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Diplomat in media rebuke had bad attitude, says Zhu

Zhu Rongji sought yesterday to calm the row over a Chinese diplomat's treatment of a TVB reporter during the Prime Minister's visit to Paris.

Mr Zhu also denied he had said he had not seen the leaflets urging the release of mainland journalist Gao Yu which were showered over him last week.

14 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Envoy farewell

Canada's top diplomat in Hong Kong, Garrett Lambert, 55, is to retire after the handover. The Canadian Commissioner is leaving the foreign service to become a professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and a consultant to businesses operating in Asia.

11 May 1997 - 12:00am

Word games

To Lie Abroad: Diplomacy Reviewed by Michael Shea, Sinclair-Stevenson $306 To lie abroad, Sir Henry Wotton said in 1604, is what diplomats do for their country. Nearly 400 years later, few would dispute him.

Depending on your point of view they also lead a life of glamour and grit or perpetual privilege, holding cocktail glasses and reposing on gilt chairs.

20 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Music is world's diplomat

I AM delighted to welcome the members of the Asian Youth Orchestra to the United States. Music is a powerful, unifying force in our world, bringing people together across lines of geography and culture.

Your performances have delighted music fans around the world.

20 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

German loan for ships

BEIJING'S Ministry of Communications has signed a loan of 502 million marks (about HK$2.22 billion) to import eight ships from Germany, says a German diplomat.

22 Mar 1994 - 12:00am