‘DETESTABLE’ TRAITORS:Yang Kuo-chian was speaking in response to lenient sentences in recent cases of spying for China. He vowed tight security in the run-up to January polls
Date: Oct 06, 2015
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Yang Kuo-chian (楊國強) yesterday said court judges should have handed down more severe sentences against people found guilty of leaking state secrets and that, in his opinion, they deserve capital punishment.
While presenting reports on other national security issues at the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee meeting, Yang was responding to questions from Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Tsai Chin-lung (蔡錦隆).
Tsai said there were a number of espionage cases in which Taiwanese were caught passing classified military information to China, and those receiving sentences included retired high-ranking military officers, while others were in active service.
Tsai pointed to the more recent espionage trial of Chinese spy Zhen Xiaojiang (鎮小江), who received only a four-year sentence, while the recruited Taiwanese ex-military officers did not have to serve prison terms after receiving suspended sentences. [FULL STORY]