Retired general indicted over alleged spying for China
By Joseph Yeh,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A retired general was indicted Wednesday for allegedly passing data on local elections and Chinese dissident in Taiwan to Beijing via a former Taiwanese intelligence officer, local media reported yesterday.
March 1, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
Chen Chu-fan (陳筑藩), a former deputy head of the R.O.C. Military Police Command, was accused of introducing a retired military intelligence officer to Chinese intelligence agents he knew from a trip to China in 2005, the Chinese-language Liberty Times said yesterday.
The report quoted the Shihlin District Prosecutors Office's indictment that Chen passed information on the 2010 five municipal elections to Chinese authorities via the retired intelligence officer.
Chen also allegedly gave away information on Chinese dissidents, pro-Tibetan independence activists and the Falun Gong movement in Taiwan, the indictment said.
He was also accused of handing President Ma Ying-jeou's 2008 inauguration address to Beijing before Ma's inauguration ceremony took place, it said.
The prosecutors, therefore, indicted Chen and the former Taiwanese intelligence officer under charges of violating the National Security Act (國家安全法) and the National Intelligence Services Act (國家情報工作法), the report said.
Chen, 66, served as a deputy director of the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) Huang Fuxing branch's (黃復興黨部) Taipei office after he retired from the military.
Chen yesterday was unable to be reached for comments.
The KMT's Huang Fuxing branch's (黃復興黨部) Taipei office director King En-chin (金恩慶) told local media yesterday that Chen resigned from his post Wednesday.
King said Chen has denied the accusations made in the indictment.
Chen also stressed that he did not pass any confidential information to Chinese government nor did he receive payment for the data he collected, according to King.