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Taiwanese businessman sentenced for spying for China

ROC Central News Agency

2011/08/09 17:52:34

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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