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Imprisoned naval officer’s additional sentence upheld

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Retired Republic of China (ROC) Navy lieutenant Chien Ching-kuo (錢經國), who was found guilty of spying and passing on classified military material to China, was given a 10-month sentence yesterday.

The verdict by the Supreme Court yesterday upheld a ruling by the Kaohsiung branch of the High Court on the case in February last year, which found Chien guilty of infringing the National Security Act (國家安全法).

Investigators also discovered that Chien handed over navy deployment plans to Chinese intelligence officers in 2011, including a proposal, known as the “Jing Yang project,” to send ships to protect Taiwanese fishing vessels operating in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean.

In March 2013, Chien was found guilty of violating the Classified National Security Information Protection Act (國家機密保護法) and handed him a three-year sentence, which he is still serving.

Chien, 38, was a missile-defense specialist and served as a supervisor of guided-missile operations aboard Cheng Kung-class frigates of the ROC Navy’s 146 Fleet, which is based in Penghu Island’s Magong Port and is mainly responsible for maritime defense and patrols in the Taiwan Strait. He retired from naval service in 2009.

While on a trip to Bali, Indonesia, in 2009, Chien was recruited by former navy lieutenant Lu Chun-chun (盧俊均), who was already working in secret for Chinese intelligence.

Lu, who retired in 2005, served for a number of years in the Air Defense Missile Command, which is under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Defense’s General Staff Headquarters Office.

Chien and Lu were recruited by officers from Xiamen’s “Fifth Bureau” in China’s Fujian Province, which is reportedly a front for the Chinese Navy’s political department to conduct reconnaissance and espionage operations, especially against Taiwan.

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