Taiwan Upholds Jail Term For Retired Major Turned China Spy

October 13, 2014 –¬†Taiwan’s top court upheld a High Court ruling that sentenced a retired army major to five years in prison after finding him guilty on charges of spying for China, officials said.

Chen Shu-lung, who worked at the Ministry of National Defence, was recruited by a Chinese intelligence unit in 2006, the Supreme Court said in its verdict. It added that he had told the mainland authorities that a colleague he worked with had served time as a diplomat in Japan, before luring that colleague to Shanghai in 2007.

The diplomat was then detained by Chinese intelligence officers on arrival and questioned for three days about his work in Japan, as well as for the details of people involved with Taiwan’s national security, according to information given in the verdict.

In October 2013, Taiwan’s High Court sentenced Chen to eight years in prison but this was reduced to five years after he appealed in July this year.

Taiwan and China have spied on each other ever since they split in 1949 at the end of a civil war. Beijing still regards the self-ruled island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

Taiwan has been rocked by a spate of spying scandals in recent years, despite warming ties with China under Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou.

In September 2013, a retired vice admiral was jailed for 14 months for collecting confidential military information for China, just months after a former lieutenant general was indicted for leaking secrets to Beijing. In 2011, an army general and chief of an intelligence unit was sentenced to life imprisonment for spying for China in one of Taiwan’s worst espionage scandals.

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