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Taiwan officer gets 12 life terms for spying for China

Published on Feb 6, 2013 12:38 PM

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.

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