HONG KONG, Nov. 20, 1949 (UP)-A Chinese communist source here said Sunday that Angus Ward, imprisoned consul general in Mukden, may be charged with plotting against the Manchurian "People's Provincial government."
Ward was jailed with four other members of the United States consulate, including two Americans, on charges of beating a Chinese servant.
The Communist source said the real reason behind Ward's arrest was a communist accusation -- not yet made public -- that Ward had conspired against the Communist regime in the northeast. The source said Mukden authorities were "taking a really serious view" of the charges.
The Communist source said he believed Ward would be accused of conspiring with Marshal Li-Chi-sun, a former associate of Chiang Kai-shek, who went over to the Communists more than a year ago and had since lauded the Red regime.
He said he did not know how soon the conspiracy accusations would be made public.