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Presidential Office staffer held in alleged espionage case

Presidential Office staffer held in alleged espionage case

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) The Taipei District Court approved early Thursday a request by prosecutors to take a Presidential Office staffer into custody for allegedly spying for China, following a search of his office by prosecutors a day earlier.
A former aide to a ruling party legislator was also detained in the same case.
According to Huang Chun-ming, a spokesman for the court, the pair allegedly violated the National Security Act and their detention was intended to prevent them from colluding with each other to give false statements.
Although both denied the allegation, their respective statements were contradictory, Huang said.
Wang Jen-ping, a senior specialist at the Presidential Office, allegedly handed over classified Presidential Office documents between March and April 2008 to his friend Chen Pin-jen, who then submitted them to Chinese intelligence officers.
Chen formerly served as an assistant to Kuomintang Legislator Liao Kuo-tung and former People First Party Legislator Lin Chun-teh.
On Wednesday, a group of investigators, led by Prosecutor Huang Mou-hsin, conducted a search of Wang and Chen's residences as well as Wang's office at the Presidential Office, in what was the first ever prosecutors' search of the Presidential Office.
According to Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi, the prosecutor had obtained the consent of Presidential Office Secretary-General Chan Chuen-po before proceeding with the search.
The classified documents alleged leaked by Wang Jen-ping were related to the preparations for the changeover of the presidency and the swearing in of President Ma Ying-jeou, Wang Yu-chi said.
(By Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-06-18 07:04 GMT+08:00