Retired Air Force Lt. Col. is indicted for espionage
Taipei prosecutors on Monday indicted Liu Chi- ju (
) , a retired Air Force officer who is suspected of serving as a collaborator in a major military espionage network on behalf of China.
Prosecutors said they had earlier indicted a Chinese national named Zhen Xiaojiang ( ) , a retired People’s Liberation Army captain who is suspected of having recruited several Air Force officers into his spy ring.
The investigation into Zhen revealed that Liu played an instrumental role in the recruiting of active and retired Air Force officers for the Chinese spy ring.
Liu, who retired from the ROC Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2005, is facing charges of violating the National Security Act ( ) . However, Liu’s exact whereabouts remains unknown, as he has been residing in China running businesses since his retirement.
Prosecutors said he is believed to have facilitated the recruitment of a retired officer of the ROC Air Force Academy Flight Training Command surnamed Ke, along with another active officer surnamed Lou, from the same unit.
The two officers have also been indicted, with investigators currently determining whether the information they leaked was classified.
Meanwhile, prosecutors said that since Zhen successfully enticed a number of Air Force officers to join his spy ring by offering money and all- expensespaid vacations, including Air Force Lt. Col. Chou Tzu- li (
) and Maj. Gen. Hsu Nai- chuan ( ) , who later referred several colleagues and academy- mates to spy for China.
A number of pieces of classified information have since been leaked to Chinese intelligence agents, the prosecutors said.
Given their propensity for collusion and flight, Zhen, Chou and Hsu have been detained incommunicado without bail since their arrest.