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3 men indicted for trying to recruit members to China's Communist Party

2017/11/14 21:22:06

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Taipei, Nov. 14 (CNA) Three men were indicted Tuesday in Chiayi on charges related to attempting to recruit active and retired Taiwanese military officers to join the Communist Party of China (CPC).

In the indictment, the Chiayi District Prosecutors Office detailed how a Taiwanese businessman, surnamed Liu (劉) went to China, joined the CPC and returned to Taiwan to try to recruit high ranking Taiwanese military officers to the party.

Liu, 41, enlisted the help of two men, surnamed Lin (林) and Tsai (蔡), to use their connections to recruit active and retired military officers, according to the indictment.

Lin and Tsai were offered a commission of NT$500,000 to NT$1 million if they could convince military officers to accept an all-expenses-paid trip to China, the indictment said.

The two men made contact with an active officer surnamed Chen (陳) and a retired political officer surnamed Yang (楊) but the offers were turned down in both cases, according to the indictment.

The prosecutor's office said Chen gave a statement, detailing Lin's attempt to recruit him to the CPC.

Lin, Liu and Tsai have been charged with violating the National Security Act and attempting to endanger national security, the prosecutor's office said.

(By Chiang Chun-liang and Kuan-lin Liu)
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