Former PLA officer gets four years for setting up spy ring
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) A former People's Liberation Army (PLA) officer was given a prison term of four years for violation of the National Security Act Tuesday.
The Taipei District Court said that Zhen Xiaojiang (鎮小江) traveled to Taiwan in the guise of a tourist, but then proceeded to set up a spy ring. Using money and arranged tours, he recruited several retired Taiwanese military officers, who arranged meetings between serving and retired military officers and Chinese military personnel.
The case, dubbed by the media as Taiwan's largest spy ring, was tried in a closed court due to concerns over national security.
The court said that given the number of recruits in the ring, Zhen could have eventually had a very demoralizing effect on the military if he had been allowed to continue.
The court also handed down a three-year jail term for retired Army Maj.-Gen. Hsu Nai-chuan (許乃權), who once ran unsuccessfully for the post of Kinmen magistrate.
Retired Air Force officers Chou Tzu-li (周自立), Sung Chia-lu (宋嘉祿) and Ma Po-lo (馬伯樂) received jail terms ranging from four months to 18 months, with all the sentences deferred.
Retired Army officer Yang Jung-hua (楊榮華) received a jail term of five months, which can be exchanged for a fine. Lee Huan-yu (李寰宇), operator of a bar in Kaohsiung, received a jail term of seven months, deferred for three years, while bar staff Chu Chien-ying (朱倩瑩) got a five-month jail term, which can also be exchanged for a fine.
The case can still be appealed.
(By Page Tsai and Lilian Wu)
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