EMBARRASSED DESERTER RETURNS
Lt. Emily Yeh of Taiwan’s Military Intelligence Bureau was escorted back to the country by British agents Jan. 19, ending an 18-month-long AWOL saga that had rocked the island democracy’s intelligence community.
On leave in Thailand in June 2012, Lt. Yeh disappeared after her leave ended and fled to Britain without approval from Taipei, which revoked her passport.
The British government rejected her request for political asylum, noting that Taiwan promised she would not be severely punished upon her return and that her request was based on difficulties in office politics, not political fears or intelligence exchange activities.
Apparently repentant for the embarrassment she had caused to her country, Lt. Yeh asked that she be given a chance to regain her credibility. She is to face a military tribunal and could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
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