INCREASED PENALTIES: The MAC said it applies only to people ‘who intentionally break the law,’ and would not restrict regular exchanges across the Taiwan Strait
Date: Jan 15, 2020
By: Chung Li-hua and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The Anti-infiltration Act (反滲透法) is to take effect today, the Presidential Office said yesterday on itsWeb site.
The 12-article law, passed by the Legislative Yuan on Dec. 31, prohibits people acting on the instructions of or with the funding of “infiltration sources” from illegal campaigning or lobbying, or receiving illegal political donations, as well as disrupting social order, peaceful assemblies, elections or referendums.
While the activities are already defined as illegal in the Criminal Code, the Assembly and Parade Act (集會遊行法), the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act (總統副總統選舉罷免法) and the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法), the Anti-infiltration Act stipulates the punishments are applicable to people who break those laws on the instructions or with the financial support of infiltration sources, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said.
The Anti-infiltration Act applies only to people “who intentionally break the law, and not to those who are unaware of the situation,” the council added. [FULL STORY]