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Air Force officer detained on espionage charges

ROC Central News Agency

2013/10/26 21:46:21

Taipei, Oct. 26 (CNA) An Air Force officer has been taken into custody on charges of espionage, the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office's Kaohsiung Branch said Saturday.

The officer, identified only by his family name Hau, was accused of having sold classified information about E-2K Airborne Early Warning aircraft to China through a Taiwanese businessman operating on the Chinese mainland.

Major Hau was part of the Air Force 439 Wing's electronic warfare squadron at the Pingtung air base in southern Taiwan.

He was seen acting suspiciously in June and the Ministry of National Defense (MND) asked the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau to assist in a probe into his activities.

Led by the Kaohsiung prosecutors' office, investigators found that Hau had given the China-based Taiwanese businessman classified information to pass on to Chinese personnel.

The businessman, identified by his surname Wan, allegedly paid Hau more than NT$100,000 (US$3,396.1) for the information, according to the prosecutors' office.

Investigators have seized related documents and data at Hau's office and obtained court approval to hold Hau and Wan in custody pending further investigation into their suspected violation of the National Security Act, the office said.

Taiwan took delivery of two upgraded E-2K Airborne Early Warning aircraft from the United States in March this year.

Meanwhile, the MND issued a press statement Saturday, denying a media report that 10 to 20 military officers were allegedly involved in the espionage case.

The report is not true, the MND said, insisting that Hau was the only military person involved in the case.

According to the media report, Hau was arrested in September.

(By Chen Chao-fu and Sofia Wu)
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