Former Air Force officer receives life sentence for spying
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel was given a life sentence for passing classified military information to China in a ruling by the Taiwan High Court yesterday.
October 25, 2013, 12:27 am TWN
The Court found that ex-serviceman Yuan Hsiao-feng (袁曉風) had provided classified information to Beijing on 12 different occasions between 2003 to 2007, the court said.
Yuan passed these military secrets through Chen Wen-jen (陳文仁), his former colleague in the Air Force, the decision noted.
Yuan was sentenced to life imprisonment for violating the Criminal Code of the Armed Forces (陸海空軍刑法) and the Anti-Corruption Act (貪汙治罪條例), the court said.
The court also ruled that Yuan must repay the NT$7.8 million he received from China as reimbursement for damages.
Meanwhile, Chen received a relatively lenient sentence of 20 years imprisonment, mainly because he had already retired from the military at the time the crimes were committed.
The court said that Chen, who retired in 1992, was operating a business in China and had married a Chinese spouse.
Chen was later recruited by Chinese intelligence authorities and returned to Taiwan to persuade Yuan, who was then still serving in the Air Force, to join him in espionage activities.
The verdict can be appealed.