Taiwan detains retired military intelligence colonel in China spy scandal

Chang allegedly recruited retired colleagues to pass documents to Chinese security officials

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/10/212
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Retired MIB Colonel Chang Chao-jan (center) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A court ordered the detention Wednesday (Oct. 21) of a retired military intelligence colonel in connection with allegations that he and three former colleagues passed on secrets to China.

Prosecutors accused Chang Chao-jan (張超然) of having introduced other former Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) officials to Chinese security agents as potential sources for classified information. The Taipei District Court agreed with the prosecutors’ explanation that he posed a flight risk or might collude to destroy evidence, thus ordering his detention, CNA reported.

Two other suspects, former Major General Yueh Chih-chung (岳志忠) and retired Colonel Chou Tien-tzu (周天慈) were freed on bail of NT$150,000 (US$5,200) each early Wednesday following questioning.

In 2013, Chang accompanied another retired MIB colonel surnamed Fu (傅) on a flight to China to meet Chinese national security officials. Chang, Yueh, and Chou traveled to China several times between 2016 and 2018, with Chou on one occasion asking Yueh to hand over documents to the other side.    [FULL  STORY]

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