Re­tired Air Force Lt. Col. is in­dicted for es­pi­onage

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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