Ex-student held for espionage

STIRRING UP TROUBLE:China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau’s accusation that it ordered Zhou to spy was ‘pure fabrication’

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 11, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Former Chinese student Zhou Hongxu (周泓旭) was detained incommunicado on

Former Chinese student Zhou Hongxu takes a selfie in an undated picture posted on Facebook. Screengrab from Facebook

suspicion of recruiting people for a spy ring while enrolled at a Taipei university and trying to coerce government officials into passing on classified materials.

The Taipei District Court yesterday cited the risk of 29-year-old Zhou fleeing the nation and an ongoing investigation.

Prosecutors and officers of the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau National Security Section on Thursday raided Zhou’s rented apartment in Taipei, confiscating his computer and mobile phone.

Zhou was taken into custody for questioning by prosecutors, who said there was sufficient evidence to charge him with violating the National Security Act (國家安全法)    [FULL  STORY]

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