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Two MJIB agents indicted for spying for PRC intelligence

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei prosecutors yesterday indicted an agent and a former agent of the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau (MJIB) on suspicion of spying for China.

Prosecutors said Lin Yu-nung (林羽農), 54, from the bureau's Department of Economic Crime Prevention, and former agent Chen Chih-kao (陳志高), 55, are charged with corruption and violations of the National Security Law (國家安全法) and the National Intelligence Services Act (國家情報工作法).

Prosecutors requested that the Taipei District Court sentence Lin to 18 years in jail and Chen to 12 years. Prosecutors said the pair's behavior had jeopardized national security.

Lin and Kao were arrested by bureau agents on Sept. 23 as the pair met to exchange confidential documents at the Brother Hotel in Taipei.

The pair met at a coffee shop in the hotel and Lin handed some documents to Chen. Lin also signed a receipt for Chen to prove he had received US$3,000 from him.

Prosecutors said Chen left the bureau in August 1997 and became a businessman in China. He ran a commercial travel magazine in Shanghai.

Prosecutors said that while Chen's business was not doing well, the Shanghai intelligence bureau had enticed him into providing information for cash.

Chen, who had become friendly with Lin while the pair were training to become agents, resumed contact with Lin two years ago and allegedly offered him money for intelligence. The pair then met many times in Taipei, prosecutors said.

Lin initially came under suspicion in 2005 after colleagues had noticed unusual behavior.

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