Taiwanese businessman sentenced for spying for China
ROC Central News Agency
By Lai Yu-chia & Bear Lee
Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) a Taiwanese businessman working in mainland China was sentenced to 18 months in jail by the Taiwan High Court Tuesday on charges of spying for China.
Lai Kun-chieh, 35, was recruited by Li Xu, a deputy department chief of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council in January last year after he was assigned to a mainland post by his Taiwanese employer.
During his trips home to Taiwan, Lai aggressively approached one of his former classmates -- an army major surnamed Tsao -- in an attempt to collect intelligence about Taiwan's missile technology.
However, Tsao reported him to his superiors, who then mounted an anti-espionage surveillance operation targeting Lai.
The businessman was apprehended red-handed while delivering US$16,000 and NT$113,000 in cash to Tsao in late May this year.
The court said Lai was sentenced for violating the National Security Act and the Anti-Corruption Act.
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