By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chinese intelligence officer Zhen Xiaojiang was sentenced to four
years in prison Tuesday for having recruited serving and retired Taiwanese military officers to provide secret information to the communist country.
The Taipei District Court verdicts, which also covered several of the officers implicated in the spy ring, can still be appealed.
Zhen was a rare case of a Chinese national being arrested in Taiwan for spying, after he spent years recruiting local officers and paying them with holidays in Southeast Asia during which they were able to pass on information to other Chinese intelligence officials, prosecutors said.
Hsu Nai-chuan, a retired Army major general who once ran for Kinmen County magistrate, was sentenced to three years in prison. Both Zhen and Hsu were still detained at the time of the verdict. [FULL STORY]