Spying intelligence officers to face stiffer punishment
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.