April 30, 2014

Taiwan ex-Air Force colonel sentenced to 20 years for leaking Taiwan secrets

A former Air Force colonel was sentenced Monday to 20 years and an accomplice to 15 years by the Taiwan High Court Kaohsiung Branch for leaking military secrets to China.The court found that former colonel Hao Chih-hsiung, who served in the 439 Combined Wing at Pingtung Air Base, worked with karaoke parlor owner Wan Tsung-lin to sell information regarding E-2K, an all-weather airborne warning and control system, to China's intelligence agencies through Wan's business contacts in China.

Hao and Wan can appeal the verdict.Prosecutors and military officials began investigating the case last June, leading them to discover money that had not been accounted for and funds transferred from China in bank accounts belonging to the two. They were detained in March on charges of violating the National Security Act and indicted for leaking military secrets.

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