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Taiwanese intelligence officer charged with desertion

Published on Feb 14, 2014 5:25 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taiwanese military intelligence officer who went AWOL and unsuccessfully sought political asylum in Britain was indicted on Friday on desertion charges, prosecutors said.

Yeh Mei, a 33-year-old lieutenant with the Military Intelligence Agency, had been put on Taiwan's wanted list after failing to return for duty following an overseas trip in 2012.

Yeh confessed to seeking permission from her superior for a sightseeing trip to Thailand with the intention of deserting her duties because she could not adjust to a military career, and fled to Britain via Bangkok in June 2012, prosecutors said in a statement.

The offence is punishable by a maximum five-year jail term.

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