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Taiwanese national found guilty of working with Chinese intelligence

ROC Central News Agency

12/31/2020 10:12 PM

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) A Taiwanese businessman was found guilty of working with Chinese intelligence and handed a three-month jail sentence or payment of a fine by the Taipei District Court Thursday, though the case can still be appealed.

The man, surnamed Huang (黃), was found guilty of violating Article 2-1 of the National Security Act, which stipulates that individuals are prohibited from collecting confidential information or developing an organization for another country, such as China, to serve its military or for other purposes.

According to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office, Huang moved to Ningbo, China in 2000, and befriended local government officials there in the hope of advancing his business career.

He was recruited to arrange meetings with Taiwanese government and military personnel, with the goal of helping collect information on Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the Falun Gong religious movement.

In 2011 and 2012, Huang invited two Taiwanese acquaintances -- a retired Ministry of Justice investigator, surnamed Lee (李), and a retired Major General, surnamed Yen (閻), respectively -- to visit him in Ningbo on the pretext of touring the area.

During the visits, he took the men to meals with three officials from the Chinese Ministry of State Security, as well as a representative from the local Taiwan Affairs Office.

The Chinese officials made overtures that were interpreted as invitations to act as informers, which were rebuffed by both men, prosecutors said.

Huang was also accused of attempting to recruit a Taiwanese National Security Bureau official, surnamed Lee (李), whom he met at a banquet while visiting Taiwan in 2012.

In that instance, Huang allegedly said he was working for China to gather intelligence on the Falun Gong movement, but Lee refused to assist him.

On Aug. 5, the prosecutors' office charged Huang under Taiwan's National Security Act for attempting to "develop an organization" for the official use of a foreign government.

Prosecutors said Huang's actions had not resulted in the transfer of any actual intelligence to Chinese authorities, and that his efforts to recruit Taiwanese public officials were unsuccessful.

(By Liu Shih-i and Ko Lin)

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