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Two former legislative aides detained, suspected of spying for China

ROC Central News Agency

06/18/2020 10:58 PM

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) Two former legislative aides in Taiwan's national legislature were detained and held incommunicado Thursday on suspicion of involvement in developing organizations for Chinese intelligence officers and providing them with classified information.

According to tip offs, the two legislative assistants surnamed Chen and Lee, along with a man identified only by his surname Lin, allegedly attempted to develop an espionage ring in Taiwan for intelligence agents under China's Ministry of State Security between 2014 and 2018, Taipei District Prosecutors Office said.

The three suspects were also accused of handing information related to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mainland Affairs Council, local media and legislative aides to Chinese intelligence officers.

Law enforcement authorities raided five locations on Wednesday and brought the three suspects in for interrogation.

Early Thursday, prosecutors filed a request with Taipei District Court for Chen and Lee to be detained and held incommunicado for suspected violations of the National Security Act, while Lin was released on NT$100,000 (US$3,375) bail.

The detention request was approved by the court on the grounds Chen and Lee could collude or destroy evidence.

(By Liu Shih-yi and Evelyn Kao)


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