Taiwan officer gets 12 life terms for spying for China
TAIPEI (AFP) - A former Taiwanese air force officer has been given 12 life sentences for spying for China, a court said on Wednesday, adding to a lengthy list of espionage cases that have rocked the island.
Lieutenant Colonel Yuan Hsiao-feng was convicted of passing unspecified military secrets to China between 2001 and 2007, said a High Court official.
He handed the secrets to China via retired colleague Chen Wen-jen. Both men were sentenced on Tuesday, with Chen receiving a 20-year jail term, the official said.
Yuan was found guilty on 12 counts of leaking secrets, each of which carries a mandatory life term, the official said.