Two military contractors indicted for allegedly spying for China

Taipei-Two defense contractors were indicted recently for attempting to spy on Taiwan's military secrets for China, the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office said Monday.

The two men, surnamed Chang (?) and Lin (?), established an engineering firm in New Taipei City's Zhonghe District in 2016, with Chang as the firm's owner and Lin his main business partner, and had since then bid on Ministry of National Defense public tenders and obtained numerous military contracts.

The two suspects were busted after the MND's counter-intelligence department discovered anomalies during a regular review of military tenders, and asked the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau's (MJIB) national security division to jointly launch an investigation into the case through the national security mechanism, according to the MJIB.

The investigation found that Chang and Lin allegedly took advantage of the nature of their work to gather military secrets and confidential information on national security.

Evidence also showed they visited China frequently and received money during their trip to the mainland from unknown sources, according to the MJIB.

The two suspects were apprehended in June and referred to the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office for breaching the Criminal Code relating to treason offenses.

After questioning the duo, prosecutors then filed a request for their detention, which was approved by the Taiwan High Court.

The high prosecutors office confirmed Monday the two suspects were indicted last week.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel