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Loyalty tests mandatory for military officials abroad: official

ROC Central News Agency

2012/11/05 20:21:53

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) Loyalty tests have become compulsory for Taiwan's military officials posted overseas and members of the armed forces who receive training abroad, following the high-profile scandal last year of a former major general spying for China, an official said Monday.

Some 50 military personnel have returned home to take the test this year so far, and no suspicious cases have been found, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said in response to questions by a lawmaker at a hearing of the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.

After Lo Hsien-che's espionage was exposed in early 2011, the Ministry of National Defense decided to expand the loyal test to all its personnel posted overseas.

Since late last year, military personnel stationed overseas and those who undergo training abroad should take the test at least once a year to evaluate their loyalty to the country, according to the ministry.

In April, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling of a military supreme court and sentenced Lo to life imprisonment for spying for China.

Lo, a one-star general, started collecting information for China in 2004 and received payments for his espionage activities from Chinese officials, the court said.

Lo is the highest-ranking Taiwanese officer to be caught spying for China in nearly five decades. He is thought to have been recruited by Chinese agents in 2004 in Thailand, where he was posted as a military attache between 2002-2005.

The ministry has recently completed a list of military officials held responsible for Lo's case, ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he said, but he declined to offer further details about the list.

(By Elaine Hou)

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