Former UT Professor Offered Job Back After Being Cleared of Inappropriate Ties With Beijing
© AP Photo / Ng Han GuanA Chinese woman adjusts the Chinese national flag near U.S. national flags before a Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting that's part of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Thursday, July 10, 2014
© AP Photo / Ng Han Guan
Back in June, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Kujtim Sadiku admitted under oath that he falsely accused Dr. Anming Hu, a former associate professor at the University of Tennessee (UT) at Knoxville, of being a spy for the Chinese military.
Dr. Anming Hu, previously accused of wire fraud and making false statements, has been offered reinstatement as a UT professor, according to the Associated Press, citing a letter authored by UT Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick.
Per the letter, Hu has been offered a tenured engineering position, back pay, and reimbursement payments related to an immigration attorney.
A total of $200,000 was also offered to reestablish his nanotechnology research. The award would be dispersed over a three-year period.
Hu was arrested in February 2020, and was stripped of his professorship after FBI agent Sadiku showed UT officials a PowerPoint slide that claimed Hu was an operative for the Chinese military.
The agent testified in June that, based on a summary of his translations and reports, "no, Hu wasn't involved in the Chinese military." Sadiku also admitted to not doubling back to inform UT officials of his error.
A mistrial was ultimately called in the case, and Hu was acquitted last month.