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Ex-military attache at Taiwan US mission under scrutiny

Published on Jul 28, 2014 7:24 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - A senior Taiwanese military officer who served at the island's de facto US embassy has been placed under investigation after failing a lie detector test, the defence ministry said Monday.

From late 2012, all Taiwan's defence attaches serving abroad have had to take a lie detector test, a move designed to stem a wave of military espionage cases, usually involving arch-rival China.

"He failed to pass the test, and we've been trying to clarify (some suspicions)," defence ministry spokesman David Lo told AFP.

Major General Li Hsien-sheng, who took the mandatory polygraph after finishing a two-year posting in May, was quoted as saying he was "not afraid" of the inquiry by local media, and told the United Daily News: "I believe I will get through this investigation." Taiwan authorities in January 2011 arrested Major General Lo Hsien-che over claims that he spied for China, after he was lured by sex and money offered by a female Chinese agent on a 2002-2005 posting to Thailand.

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