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MND dismisses speculation about alleged espionage case

ROC Central News Agency

2017/05/11 18:15:01

Taipei, May 11 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Thursday dismissed speculation that former Air Defense Missile Command Commander Hsieh Chia-kang (謝嘉康) spied for China because he was unhappy at being removed from his post in January.

The military launched an internal investigation into Hsieh as early as last year after he started to behave suspiciously, according to MND spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉).

It was based on that investigation that the military appointed Hsieh deputy commander of Matsu Defense Command on Jan. 1, Chen said.

Hsieh allegedly traveled several times to third countries such as Thailand and Malaysia to meet with unidentified Chinese contacts.

Hsieh's residence in Pingtung was searched on Tuesday and the case turned over to the Ciaotou District Prosecutors Office in Kaohsiung for further investigation.

He was later released on bail of NT$100,000 (US$3,300) but barred from leaving the country.

Hsieh had served at the Air Defense Missile Command since graduating from the R.O.C. Military Academy in 1987 and is said to know about the nation's major missile systems and their deployment.

During that time, Taiwan deployed indigenous Hsiung Feng III cruise missiles and U.S-supplied PAC-3 missiles. Last year, Taiwan sent a dozen military officers to the U.S. to participate in exercises involving the PAC-3s, according to sources.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Y.F. Low)

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