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China Deports US Businesswoman Accused of Spying

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Jeff Gillis looks through documents he has collected in support of his wife in Houston. The husband of U.S. citizen Phan “Sandy” Phan-Gillis, who has been charged in China with spying, has spent months trying to prove his wife’s innocence with the little information he had. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Saturday, 29 Apr 2017 02:49 PM

An American woman who was arrested while on a business trip in China and later convicted of spying has been deported to the United States.

Jeff Gillis says his wife, Phan "Sandy" Phan-Gillis, got on a flight to Los Angeles on Friday evening. The couple planned to stay in LA a few days to visit relatives before returning to their Houston home.

It was just Tuesday when Phan-Gillis was sentenced by Chinese authorities to 3 ½ years in prison. But the sentence was seen as an indication that she soon could be allowed to return home.

She had faced an uncertain fate since March 2015, when she disappeared from her group traveling in southern China. She was later accused of espionage.

Phan-Gillis is a U.S. citizen of Chinese descent.

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An American woman who was arrested while on a business trip in China and later convicted of spying has been deported to the United States.Jeff Gillis says his wife, Phan "Sandy" Phan-Gillis, got on a flight to Los Angeles on Friday evening.
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