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Court finds former officials guilty of spying for China

ESPIONAGE:The two former officials, one from the NSB and one from the MND, received suspended sentences after allegedly passing secrets to China

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Two former military officials charged with spying for China were found guilty yesterday by the Banciao District Court.

The court gave Tsai Kuo-bin (蔡國賓), a former colonel at the National Security Bureau (NSB), a suspended sentence of one year and eight months in prison, pending four years probation.

Former major Wang Wei-ya (王維亞), who was with the Ministry of National Defense (MND), was given a suspended sentence of six months in prison pending three years probation.

The pair both worked for the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) China Affairs Department after leaving their posts.

The ruling said Tsai was recruited to spy for China after visiting China’s Fujian Province in 2006.

From 2006 to 2010, Tsai, 65, collected military documents, information about the 2008 presidential election and information on Taiwan’s intelligence establishments in China for the Fujian intelligence bureau, the ruling said.

Tsai traveled to China several times between 2007 and 2010 to hand over the information and he was paid about NT$620,000 (US$20,000) in total, it added.

The ruling said Tsai recruited Wang, 63, to try to acquire a book containing sensitive information on Taiwanese intelligence.

The two were convicted for violations of the National Intelligence Services Act (國家情報工作法), the ruling said.

The two defendants can appeal the ruling with the Taiwan High Court.

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