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Wife of intelligence officer sentenced to prison in China: MIB

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) yesterday confirmed that the wife a Taiwanese intelligence officer has been sentenced to a five-year prison term on espionage charges in China.

The MIB's comment confirmed a local media report yesterday that said MIB Lieutenant Colonel Yu Chan-hao's (余展豪) wife Lin Ling-hui (林綾繪) has been arrested and detained since August 2012 when she made a trip to the other side of the Taiwan Strait.

She has been sentenced to a five years of imprisonment for her involvement in espionage activities in China, according to a report made by the Chinese-language online news provider Storm Media (風傳媒) yesterday.

The report quoted sources as saying that Lin's family complained that Lin's China tour was made to conduct a secret MIB mission. The bureau, however, did not offer any help to rescue her following her arrest, her family said.

Asked to comment, the MIB yesterday confirmed Lin's arrest. However, it refuted the allegation that the woman was sent by the MIB on a mission.

The MIB said according to bureau regulations, the spouse of an intelligence officer has to file an application in advance to the bureau before his or her planned visit to mainland China for national security reasons.

Lin, however, did not submit an application beforehand, so the bureau was not aware of her travel plans to Beijing. Yu was punished and transferred to another post after his wife was found in violation of the MIB rule.

The MIB said during her detention that Chinese authorities had asked Lin to write a letter to her husband in a failed attempt to lure the intelligence officer to visit China.

The MIB said it has tried to have Lin released via the Straits Exchange Foundation (海基會), a semi-official Taiwanese organization that handles technical or business matters with China, over the past year without success.

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