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Three Taiwan ex-officers arrested in China spy case

Published on Oct 29, 2012 7:13 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan said on Monday that three retired military officers have been arrested on suspicion of leaking military secrets to China, in what legislators describd as one of the island's worst espionage cases.

Chang Chih-hsin, formerly in charge of political warfare at the navy's meteorology and oceanography office, is among those held, the defence ministry said in a statement.

"Chang, who initiated contacts with Chinese mainland officials while still serving in the navy, was suspected of luring his former colleagues and making illegal gains," it said.

Defence ministry spokesman David Lo confirmed two other former military officers have also been arrested in the case.

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