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Suspected Chinese spy to be held in Taiwan for another 2 months

2017/05/08 17:28:41

From Zhou Hongxu's Facebook page

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) A Chinese man accused of espionage in Taiwan will be detained for another two months while prosecutors continue their investigation into the case, the Taipei District Court ruled Monday.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office filed the request for the man's continued detention, saying that he was likely to flee the country or collude with others to destroy evidence.

Zhou Hongxu (周泓旭), 29, from Liaoning Province in China, was enrolled in an MBA program at National Chengchi University in Taipei 2012-2016.

He returned to China last August before traveling back to Taiwan in February as a management investor.

He was detained on March 10 for allegedly trying to gather classified information from schools and government offices, in violation of Taiwan's National Security Act.

Investigators said that Zhou allegedly was in contact with a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official, whom he had met while studying in Taiwan, and was trying to persuade the contact to hand over classified information in exchange for free trips abroad.

Zhou has denied the accusations.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)