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Richmond RCMP confirms investigation into 'alleged' Chinese police station

Glacier Media reported a black SUV was parked near the Wenzhou Friendship Society on Saturday and Sunday.
The Wenzhou Friendship Society is located on Hazelbridge Way in Richmond.

Richmond RCMP confirmed the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team was looking into an “alleged” Chinese police station in Richmond.

At this week’s community safety meeting, Coun. Carol Day asked Richmond RCMP officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Dave Chauhan whether there was anything the public should know about this allegation.

Chauhan wasn’t able to give any details, but he did confirm it was being investigated.

“Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation and because it is conducted by a different branch, different authority, I am not at liberty to discuss anything,” Chauhan said.

As for public safety concerns, he added that if there were any, the police would send out a public advisory.

A Spanish human rights organization, Safeguard Defenders, reported last week that it had received information about a Chinese police station in Vancouver.

They claim there are 102 such police stations set up in 54 countries around the world.

A Glacier Media report noted a black SUV was parked across from the Wenzhou Friendship Society building on Hazelbridge Way on Saturday and Sunday. Global News reported that homes in the neighbourhood had been canvassed about the clubhouse.

The property is owned by the Wen Zhou Friendship Society, according to BC Assessment, and was bought in September 2011 for $705,000. The address is listed on the BC Assessment documents with “Attn Iris Lin” at the Hazelbrige Way property.

- With files from Bob Mackin/BIV