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Former Marine officers indicted over espionage

TAIPEI--A retired Marine Corps colonel and a former military academy instructor have been indicted on charges of spying for China, in the first reported espionage case involving Taiwan's Marine Corps, a local newspaper said yesterday.

Retired Colonel Liao Yi-tsung and Hu Kuang-tai, a retired Marine Corps officer who taught at the Marine Corps School in Kaohsiung City, were charged with violation of the National Security Act, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, the United Daily News said.

In response to the report, the school said Hu was dismissed last year after the espionage case was uncovered based on a tip-off by his students.

The school stressed that it has always attached great importance to allegiance education.

Recruited by China during a visit to Shanghai in 2010, Liao was offered 20,000 yuan (US$3,262) per month to spy on Taiwan's military matters, according to the paper.

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