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Taiwanese businessman indicted for spying for China

2010/04/15 21:55:09

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) A Taiwanese businessman with operations inChina was indicted by the Shihlin Prosecutors Office Thursday forspying for China, according to the indictment released that day.

Ho Chih-chiang, a China-based Taiwanese businessman, had beenrecruited by China's national security authorities since 2007 tocollect Taiwanese national security secrets in return for financialsubsidies and other privileges, the indictment said.

Acting under the instructions of Chinese officials, Ho returnedto Taiwan and tried to recruit a Taiwan National Security Bureau(NSB) officer, surnamed Chao, to serve as a Chinese spy by collectinginformation related to the government's policies on Falun Gong,Tibetan independence, Japan and diplomacy, between December 2008 andFebruary this year.

Ho also offered Chao US$20,000, liquor and additional pay severaltimes that of Chao's retirement pension in exchange for informationon NSB overseas deployments and its satellite communication routings,but this was rejected by Chao.

Ho was indicted on charges of bribery and of violating laws onnational security and on protection of national secrets.

(By Lin Chang-shun and Bear Lee)