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Prosecution accuses New Party members of colluding with Chinese spy

2018/01/02 22:53:38

Wang Ping-chung (王炳忠)

Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) The Taipei District Prosecutors Office referred to Taiwan High Court Tuesday the results of its investigation into allegations that three members of the opposition New Party's youth corps worked with a Chinese national sentenced for espionage and violated national security laws.

New Party spokesman Wang Ping-chung (王炳忠) and party members Lin Ming-cheng (林明正) and Hou Han-ting (侯漢廷) were found to have been "used" by Zhou Hongxu (周泓旭) from China as part of a plan to recruit Taiwanese military personnel for Beijing, according to the prosecutors office.

In a press release earlier in the day, the prosecutors office accused the trio of violating the National Security Act, and said their findings have been delivered to Taiwan High Court, where Zhou is currently appealing a 14-month sentence for a failed attempt to recruit public officials in Taiwan to do the political bidding of China.

Prosecutors and investigators searched Wang's home and those of three other New Party members on Dec. 20 last year before summoning them for questioning.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office said that during its investigation into the New Party member's relationship with Zhou, it found the Chinese spy organized a secret group in 2015 along with Wang, Lin and Hou in an attempt to penetrate Taiwan's military.

The office also found a news network established by Wang was funded by China's Taiwan Affairs Office.

In response to the accusation, Wang said he had never heard of Zhou's plan, nor received money from Beijing.

"Prove it!" Wang demanded.

He said prosecutors took away everything they found useful when searching his home. Having accused him of having taken US$200,000 from China they should show their evidence, Wang insisted.

(By Liu Kuan-ting, Hsiao Po-wen and Elizabeth Hsu)