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Former intelligence officer sentenced for divulging national secrets

2012/06/12 18:05:23

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) Taiwan High Court on Tuesday handed down a sentence of three years and six months to a retired intelligence officer for violations of National Intelligence Service Law.

The court ruled that Pang Ta-wei, a deputy department head of the Military Intelligence Bureau, who had previously been convicted for leaking national secrets, completed a memoir called "Intelligence Journal" with a pen name in 2009 based on his notes serving in the bureau and related documents.

The book was put on sale in January 2000 through a publishing house in Hong Kong. He was therefore accused of leaking national intelligence .

The court has taken into consideration Pang's physical condition, who is under regular treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia, when meting out the sentence.

Pang could still appeal.

(By Huang Yu-han and Lilian Wu)