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Issues amending espionage laws

By Christian Fan Jiang 范姜提昂

Before writing a law against espionage, the legislature should amend all related laws by integrating the concept of “outside the borders” and “enemy” to avoid overlap or contradicting itself. It would also allow heavier penalties based on the Criminal Code.

In addition, according to Article 17 of the Criminal Code of the Armed Forces: “A person who commits an act of espionage for an enemy or renders aid to an enemy’s spy shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life ... If the offense committed was slight, the punishment may be reduced.”

It would also be worth discussing whether it would it be possible to amend the code to make it applicable to retired military officers within a certain number years after retirement without violating the Constitution.

Christian Fan Jiang is a member of the Northern Taiwan Society.

Translated by Eddy Chang

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