Spy­ing in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers to face stiffer pun­ish­ment

The China Post - - LOCAL -

In­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers found to have en­gaged in es­pi­onage will face more se­vere pun­ish­ments than in the past, ac­cord­ing to an amend­ment to the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vices Act that cleared the Leg­is­la­ture Tues­day.

The amended law stip­u­lates that in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers caught di­vulging the na­tion’s in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion will have their sen­tences in­creased by 50 per­cent.

The stiffer penalty will also ap­ply to in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers who en­gage in es­pi­onage within one year of their re­tire­ment or de­par­ture from their posts.

Mean­while, non-mil­i­tary per­son­nel who di­vulge or pass on the source or chan­nel of their in­for­ma­tion, or the or­ga­ni­za­tion of in­tel­li­gence or in­for­ma­tion re­lated to the iden­tity and ac­tions of in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers or com­mu­ni­ca­tions se­cu­rity con­trols will now face pri­son terms of be­tween three and 10 years.

To en­cour­age spies to come for­ward, the amended law also stip­u­lates that even if they are not in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers, such in­di­vid­u­als will get more le­nient crim­i­nal or ad­min­is­tra­tive pun­ish­ment if they pro­vide dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion or trial in­for­ma­tion that helps ex­pose other spies or pre­vents na­tional se­cu­rity or in­ter­ests from more se­ri­ous dam­age.

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