List of sus­pects ex­pand­ing in Chi­nese es­pi­onage ring case

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY YUAN-MING CHIAO

The Taipei Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice in­ter­viewed five ad­di­tional sus­pects in the es­pi­onage case in­volv­ing for­mer Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Cap­tain Zheng Xiao­jiang ( ).

The sus­pects con­sisted of sev­eral ac­tive duty of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing a colonel ( sur­named Ke) of the R. O. C. Air Force Academy Flight Train­ing Com­mand (

) , a lieu­tenant colonel of the same unit ( sur­named Lo) and three oth­ers.

Af­ter com­par­i­son and verification of records, pros­e­cu­tors dis­cov­ered that Colonel Ke, un­der Zheng’s di­rec­tion, roped in Lt. Colonel Lo to make trips to Southeast Asia from 2009 to 2013 in or­der to pass in­for­ma­tion to Chi­nese in­tel­li­gence agents. Re­ports from lo­cal pa­per the China Times in­di­cate that Chi­nese in­tel­li­gence was gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the Mi­rage 2000 fighter jet and the per­son­nel who flew them.

Cit­ing the con­tin­ued risk

to na­tional se­cu­rity with a high prob­a­bil­ity of flight, pros­e­cu­tors de­nied his lawyer’s mo­tion to re­move the prohibition of in­ter­views against Zheng.

Zheng was ini­tially dis­cov­ered in Septem­ber 2014 to have op­er­ated a spy ring in­volv­ing re­tired R. O. C. Air Force of­fi­cers, work­ing to pass con­fi­den­tial mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence to main­land China in vi­o­la­tion of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Act (

) . The sus­pects in­cluded Air Force Lieu­tenant Colonel Chou Tzu- li ( ) and three other sus­pects.

Chou al­legedly as­sisted Zheng in re­cruit­ing ten mil­i­tary per­son­nel ( both ac­tive and re­tired) from the Army and the Air Force in Tai­wan. He logged over 6,000 flight hours as an in­struc­tor for the AT- 3 train­ing craft.

Zheng met with ac­tive and re­tired R. O. C. mil­i­tary per­son­nel, ex­chang­ing money or over­seas travel for mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence. Ac­quir­ing Hong Kong res­i­dency al­lowed him to make fre­quent trips to Tai­wan un­der the pre-

text of tourism and busi­ness.

De­fense Min­istry to Co­op­er­ate in In­ves­ti­ga­tion

Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense ( MND) spokesper­son Luo Shouhe ( ) pledged that the mil­i­tary would work with pros­e­cu­tors in their on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion in a late af­ter­noon press con­fer­ence. He in­di­cated that ac­tive duty per­son­nel had alerted na­tional se­cu­rity agen­cies of the ac­tions of re­tired per­son­nel to draw cur­rent servicemen into the spy ring.

As an in­struc­tional in­sti­tu­tion, the Air Force Academy Flight Train­ing Com­mand does not pos­sess in­for­ma­tion deemed to be highly sen­si­tive, Luo added.

Luo urged re­tired mil­i­tary per­son­nel to up­hold na­tional se­cu­rity and safety with a sense of na­tional aware­ness and alert­ness in mind. Sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, he added, must be made known to na­tional se­cu­rity agen­cies in or­der to main­tain na­tional se­cu­rity.

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