William Majcher, a retired officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.), was charged with foreign interference for spying for the Chinese government. Accusations include using his extensive network and knowledge to benefit Beijing, causing growing calls for an inquiry into China’s involvement in Canadian affairs.
Majcher, who resided in Hong Kong, voluntarily returned to Canada where he was arrested in Vancouver. He allegedly assisted Beijing in identifying and intimidating an individual beyond Canadian law, according to the R.C.M.P. This follows a two-year investigation into Majcher’s “suspicious activities.”
Previously, Majcher served as the president of EMIDR, a Hong Kong-based risk firm specializing in cross-border financial crime investigations. Chinese government was cited as one of the major clients of this firm. The ongoing investigation has so far identified one individual targeted by Majcher, with further arrests not ruled out.
The retired officer, who worked with the R.C.M.P. from 1985 to 2007, was charged under Canada’s Security of Information Act. Dennis Molinaro, a former national security analyst for the Canadian government, suggests that Majcher’s background could offer potentially valuable insights to China regarding investigation methodologies and contacts.