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Legal amendments proposed to better handle Chinese spying cases

ROC Central News Agency

12/19/2021 06:31 PM

Taipei, Dec. 19 (CNA) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) said Sunday he has proposed a bill that would amend four national security laws to include provisions to establish a dedicated legal system and judges to deal with Chinese espionage and other national security cases.

The proposal has been sent to the Legislative Yuan for discussion and review.

Lo said that he had proposed amendments to the National Security Act, the Classified National Security Information Protection Act, the National Intelligence Services Act, and the Anti-Infiltration Act in light of lenient punishments meted out for Chinese espionage activities in Taiwan.

The amendments seek to set up a dedicated court for judges to deal with criminal cases relating to activities directed against the national security, Lo said

Judges of the court would be required to receive occupation-specific training or on-the-job training for a specific number of hours per year before being granted professional certificates, with details of the training program to be laid out by the Judicial Yuan.

Lo said that there had been many national security cases over the past few years but that most had ended with lenient punishments being handed out.

Between 2015 and August 2020, 137 people out of a total of 141 charged were found guilty of violating Taiwan's national security laws. Of these, only 19 received jail sentences longer than six months, with the remainder receiving sentences of less than six months or punishments that were commutable to fines, according to data compiled by the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Evelyn Kao)


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