The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced a retired agent for the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau’s to six years for violating the National Intelligence Services Act (國家情報工作法). The court said Tung Chien-nan (董建南) lured former colleagues to China to force them to disclose sensitive information. According to local media reports, Tung was recruited by Beijing after he retired and he tricked several former military intelligence officers into traveling to China under the pretext of doing business or taking a vacation. Some were detained upon arrival for interrogation. The case came to light after one of those detained returned to Taiwan and reported Tung to authorities. Tung was arrested in February last year when he returned to Taiwan to collect his pension.
Fruit logo contest launched
The Changhua County Government has organized a brand design competition as part of its efforts to establish a brand image for the county’s dragon fruit. The competition is offering cash prizes totaling NT$135,000, with the first-prize winner taking home NT$80,000, county officials said at a press conference. The challenge is to design a logo and slogans to promote Changhua dragon fruit, the officials said. The winning design will be used on dragon fruit baskets and packages in both the domestic and overseas markets, the officials said. The entry deadline is May 17. More information on the contest is available on the Chinese-language Web site www.star.linker.tw. Government statistics show that Changhua County produced 5,668 tonnes of dragon fruit in 2011, accounting for 27.1 percent of the nation’s total production.