An air force major who served at the air force base in Pingtung County was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday by the Taiwan High Court’s Kaohsiung Branch for selling intelligence to China.
The classified information related to the nation’s E-2K early warning aircraft
The ruling said that Major Hao Chih-hsiung (郝志雄) had on four occasions sold military secrets to China through a karaoke club owner, Wan Tsung-lin (萬宗琳). Wan was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The two can appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court.
The pair received NT$1 million (US$33,000) in bribes from China for their efforts, the ruling said.
The ruling added that the pair’s espionage for China was discovered in June last year when investigators wiretapped Wan’s cellphone as part of a drug deal investigation.
In September last year, the pair were detained after prosecutors found that they had money in their bank accounts from an unknown source.
The pair remain in custody.
The ruling said that Wan had previously served time in jail and shared a cell with Wang Han-liang (王漢良), a man who is on the nation’s wanted list and hiding in China.
Wang recruited Wan to spy for China, and Hao, who was a frequent guest to Wan’s club, was in turn lured into the operation.
Hao agreed to cooperate because he had debts to pay, the ruling said.
Wang informed Wan about the military information that China wanted to know, and Wan passed the request to Hao.
Between November 2010 and June last year, Hao provided classified information about E-2K early warning aircraft to Wan, who traveled to China to personally deliver the intelligence to Wang, the ruling said.
The ruling added that Hao and Wan admitted to the crimes and had expressed remorse during the trial.