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Ex-air force captain gets life sentence for spying

NERVE CENTER:Chiang worked at the air force command and control center, which the Chinese military has long sought access to, local media said

AFP, TAIPEI

A former Taiwanese air force captain was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for leaking military secrets to China.

Chiang Fu-chung (蔣福仲) was convicted of leaking large amounts of confidential documents to China through his uncle, a Taiwanese businessman based in China, the High Court said.

No other details were released, but he can appeal the ruling.

Chiang, who worked for the air force radar command and control center, has been detained since his arrest last year.

Taiwanese media have reported that the Chinese military has long sought access to the center, which houses highly sensitive information, including details on the air force’s Strong Net radar program and the US-made Patriot surface-to-air missile system.

The center is responsible for surveillance of the skies stretching from the nation’s north to southeastern Chinese coastal provinces, such as Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangxi.

Taiwan has been hit by a string of spying scandals in recent years.

In September, a retired vice admiral was jailed for 14 months for collecting confidential Taiwanese military information for China.

An ex-air force lieutenant colonel in February received 12 life sentences for passing military secrets to China over a period of six years for a reported payment of US$269,000.

In 2011, an army general and chief of an intelligence unit was sentenced to life in prison for spying for China in one of the country’s worst espionage scandals.

The espionage has continued despite Taiwan’s improving ties with China under President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

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