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Former official to serve prison term for spying for China

ROC Central News Agency

2013/03/14 22:13:45

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a two-year prison sentence against Wang Ren-bing, a former Presidential Office official, for leaking confidential information to China.

In the case, the court also upheld the high court's eight-month prison sentence against Chen Pin-jen, a former aide of Kuomintang Legislator Liao Kuo-tung, for allegedly passing the state secrets he received from Wang to Chinese intelligence operatives.

The ruling is final and cannot be appealed.

Wang, who worked at the Presidential Office during the term of former President Chen Shui-bian, allegedly handed the 2008 inauguration documents of incoming President Ma Ying-jeou and Vice President Vincent Siew to Chen Pin-jen.

Chen Pin-jen then faxed the documents to Chinese intelligence authorities.

Wang was sentenced for violating the Classified National Security Information Protection Act, while Chen Pin-jen was sentenced for offenses against privacy.

(By Huang Yi-han and Ann Chen)

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