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Taiwan ex-colonel gets life term for spying for China

Published on Jan 10, 2014 12:12 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - A former Taiwanese air force officer was sentenced to life in prison for spying for China, a court said on Friday, adding to a string of spying scandals in recent years.

Lieutenant Colonel Yuan Hsiao-feng was convicted on 12 accounts of leaking confidential military information to China between 2003 and 2007, the supreme court said.

Yuan handed the secrets to China via retired colleague Chen Wen-jen, who was recruited by Beijing after he went there to do business. Chen received a 20-year jail term for his involvement in the case, according to the court.

The court also imposed a fine of NT$7.8 million (S$329,706) on Yuan - the amount of payment he collected for passing the secrets. The ruling is final.

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