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Wellington: An Indian-origin psychiatrist from the US, charged with stealing the credentials of another US-based doctor so that he could work in New Zealand, was arrested and denied bail, a media report said on Thursday.

According to New Zealand police, Illinois-based psychiatrist Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui used the credentials of another psychiatrist Mohammed Shafi Siddiqui.

He allegedly used the doctor’s references as his own, New Zealand Herald reported.

Mohamed Shakeel got a job in New Zealand through a recruitment agency. He was given a year’s contract to work as a practising psychiatrist with the Waikato District Health Board — a public health service provider.

Later, Mohamed Shakeel’s colleagues became suspicious about his professional behaviour and carried out their own inquiries related to his physician and surgeon’s licence (practising certificate) issued by the state of Illinois’ department of financial and professional regulation on September 13, 2012.

After they found discrepancies, police were informed and Mohamed Shakeel was arrested.

Defending his client, Mohamed Shakeel’s lawyer told media: “Siddiqui had been performing well, receiving ‘exceeds expected standard’ in most areas, including clinical knowledge, diagnostic skills, time management, recognising limits, professional knowledge, reliability and professional manner.”

Mohamed Shakeel appeared in the Hamilton District Court in New Zealand on July 25 and was remanded in custody without plea.

He reappeared this week before the court and was refused bail.

The hospital authorities, now, have more questions than answers.

“If Siddiqui wasn’t entitled to the documents, how did he get them, and how did they get past the eyes of his staff,” the report added.

The police claim that Mohamed Shakeel may have two passports.

Originally from India, Mohamed Shakeel earned his medical degree from the University of Arizona in 1992.

In 2011, he got a degree in psychiatry and neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Mohamed Shakeel is also facing trial for obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception.

(IANS)

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China and the US are set to take action against each other as tensions escalate over trade, cyber hacking and espionage as senior American law enforcement officials identified Beijing as the most serious threat to Washington’s national security, officials said.

China’s methods of non-traditional espionage, including their use of ordinary Chinese expatriates instead of spies at universities and businesses, and intellectual property theft, were explained by the officials from the FBI and Departments of Justice and Homeland Security who briefed US lawmakers on Wednesday, CNN reported.

“As the US proceeds a whole of society response to this threat, we must address the vulnerabilities within our system while preserving our values and the open, free and fair principles that have made us thrive,” E.W. Priestap, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Assistant Director of Counter-intelligence told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“What hangs in the balance is not just the future of the US, but the future of the world.”

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) top national security official told lawmakers on Wednesday the administration was reacting to China’s “steadily increasing” economic espionage activity, which costs the US an estimated $225 billion a year.

From 2011 to 2018, more than 90 per cent of the DOJ’s cases alleging economic espionage by a state have involved China, and more than two-thirds of trade secret thefts have a nexus to China, Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.

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“From underwater drones and autonomous vehicles to critical chemical compounds and inbred corn seeds, China has targeted advanced technology across sectors that align with China’s publicly announced strategic goals,” Demers said. “The play book is simple: rob, replicate and replace.”

Priestap and his colleagues testified hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in an interview with Fox News that the US believes Beijing was behind the massive cyber-attack on the Marriott hotel chain, CNN reported.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the assault was part of a broader Chinese operation that also targeted health insurers and the security clearance files of millions of Americans.

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Those disclosures came a day after President Donald Trump said that he would be willing to use Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou who was arrested in Canada for violating US sanctions on Iran as a bargaining chip in his trade war with Beijing, which for now is in a 90-day pause.

A Canadian judge on Tuesday night granted Meng a $7.5 million bail, while she awaits extradition to the US.

US business executives are now bracing for further retaliation from China due to Meng’s arrest. (IANS)