Taiwan’s Supreme Court upholds lower court’s 14-month sentence for Chinese spy

CNA file photo

CNA file photo (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s sentence for a Chinese spy on Thursday, March 14, United Daily News (UDN) United Daily News (UDN) reported.

The 31-year-old Zhou Hongxu (周泓旭) was given a 14-month sentence by the Taipei District Court Sept. 15, 2017 for violating the National Security Act after being found guilty of attempting to develop spy networks in Taiwan, Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

Zhou appealed the sentence to Taiwan High Court, which upheld the district court’s decision, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court.

It’s now up to prosecutors to decide whether the period of time Zhou was detained could be deducted from his jail time. However, prosecutors couldn’t make such a decision for now, as they hadn’t received any court documents regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling, UDN reported.

Zhou first came to Taiwan in 2012 to enroll in a National Chengchi University MBA program, CNA reported. He returned to China in September 2016 before traveling back to Taiwan in February 2017 under the guise of a management investor, CNA reported.