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A row of seven defendants have been accused of collaborating in spying activities for China.
An Army Major surnamed Ho has been detained for allegedly spying for China, after his ex-counterpart, an Army lieutenant colonel surnamed Hsiao who was arrested on Tuesday with the same charge, exposed his case during the investigation led by Taiwan High Prosecutors Office.
The Ministry of Defense confirmed yesterday (Aug 9) that an Army senior officer surnamed “Ho” was placed in incommunicado detention for handing national security’s secrets to China. The official notice came after the Army lieutenant colonel surnamed “Tse” was freed on NT$600,000 (US$19,000) bail, after he revealed the source of secrets came from his classmate from the military class, The Liberty Times reports.
Ho is a serving commander at the Huadong Defense Command and is accused of providing classified information to a former Army Major surnamed Hsiao, who retired from a teaching post at the Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRN) training center.
After comparing the recorded accounts of Hsiao and Ho, the Prosecutors Office determined that He was involved in spying activities. He had access to the highest-level defense project, which only commanding generals of the defense department were qualified to review.
Ho’s case became third detained defendant in the entire case, after a row of seven defendants were accused of spying for China. The prosecutors also announced that the charged military officers came from a total of six territorial camps in the nation.
TNL Editor: Kim Chan (@thenewslensintl)
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