Retired officer suspected of spying for China detained

A retired lieutenant colonel suspected of spying for China has been detained and held incommunicado. The New Taipei District Court gave the order Tuesday.

The retired officer, surnamed Bien, was responsible for monitoring China's telecommunications while working at the Defense Ministry's Communication Development Office. Bien made frequent trips to China after his retirement and was recruited by a Chinese military official in charge of gathering intelligence.

Another defendant in the case surnamed Lin, also a retired officer, was released on bail of NT$100,000 (US$3,300).

Prosecutors and the Investigation Bureau searched the two suspects' homes and workplaces on Monday. The two were found to have given Taiwan's National Defense Report and photos of military pilots to China. They were also accused of recruiting two other retired air force colonels to collect intelligence for China in exchange for rewards.

Source: Radio Taiwan International