Military officers pass lie detector tests in spy probe

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Tue, Nov 06, 2012 - Page 3

Following the conviction last year of a senior officer spying for China, about 50 military officers stationed overseas have undergone polygraph tests this year, with all of them passing, Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) said yesterday.

Kao made the remarks during a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee in Taipei.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lu Shiow-Yen (盧秀燕) said that following the arrest of General Lo Hsien-che (羅賢哲) for spying for China, the ministry had administered tests to about 50 military officers stationed overseas.

Asked by Lu what the results of those tests had been, Kao said that all had passed it.

Kao called the polygraph test a “test of loyalty,” adding that all military officers stationed overseas, have to take polygraph tests once a year.

Lu asked whether it was true a naval officer had refused to take the test and had applied to retire from the military. Kao replied that the retirement had been planned before the test was scheduled to take place.