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Court considers detention of spy suspects

Court considers detention of spy suspects

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Prosecutors on Thursday applied with a court for the detention of former military intelligence Major Wang Tsung-wu, who has been suspected of betraying agents to China.
Wang and a suspected accomplice, former Colonel Lin Han, were freed on bail earlier this month despite allegations they were the main suspects in the recruitment of local former and present military and intelligence officers to work for China.
According to the latest information gleaned from questioning Wang and Lin Thursday, the two almost certainly revealed the names of active Taiwanese intelligence agents working in China to the communist authorities, an offense punishable by prison sentences between three and ten years.
Wang reportedly served as an agent in China himself for four or five years, but it was during a visit there in 2013 after his retirement that he was turned by Chinese intelligence officials and asked to set up a spy ring in Taiwan, reports said.
The Chinese paid both Wang and Lin with free trips to Southeast Asia, while a search of accounts owned by the two turned up US$100,000 (NT$3.1 million) each, reports said.
The two former intelligence officers passed on all the information they were aware of, including details of promotions within the service and special activities inside China, reports said.
New revelations during questioning Thursday after the two had been released on bail persuaded prosecutors to demand their detention. The Taiwan High Court was deliberating the prosecutors’ request Thursday evening, reports said.
Officials said Wang had nothing to do with Zhen Xiaojiang, a retired Chinese military officer who set up a spy ring of his own. Five Taiwanese, including a former army major general and an ex-air force colonel, were indicted last January after they were suspected of having passed on sensitive information about radar installations, aircraft and other technological developments to China in return for financial benefits, including free trips to Southeast Asia.
In the newest case, Wang had been spotted traveling to Macau, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-20 08:33 GMT+08:00