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Taiwanese businessman detained for allegedly spying for China

2012/04/19 16:02:25

Taipei, April 19 (CNA) A Taiwanese businessman based in China was detained early Thursday after being questioned a day earlier on suspicion of spying for China, officials said.

The suspect, surnamed Cheng, was first questioned by the Investigation Bureau and then handed over to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office for more questioning.

Prosecutors gained court approval to detain Cheng on grounds that he might escape to China, where his wife owns property and Cheng has a business base in Fuzhou, Fujian Province.

Cheng's wife was also summoned for questioning as a witness.

The investigators said they received a tipoff from a military source that Cheng had been seeking to meet one of his previous schoolmates, now a military officer, since last year.

Cheng reportedly attempted to lure the officer to a third country to meet with Chinese individuals, investigators said.

Instead of leaving for China with Cheng, the officer reported the case to his superiors.

The investigators said they have been collecting evidence since then, and have searched Cheng's company and residence in Tainan City, southern Taiwan on Wednesday.

(By Liu Shih-yi, Tsai Pei-chih and Jamie Wang)