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Two indicted in Marine Corps espionage case
Central News Agency
2014-03-10 11:05 AM
Taipei, March 10 (CNA) A retired Marine Corps colonel and a former military academy instructor have been indicted on charges of spying for China, in the first reported espionage case involving Taiwan's Marine Corps, a local newspaper said Monday. Retired Colonel Liao Yi-tsung and Hu Kuang-tai, a retired Marine Corps officer who taught at the Marine Corps School in Kaohsiung City, were charged with violation of the National Security Act, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, the United Daily News said. In response to the report, the school said Hu was dismissed last year after the espionage case was uncovered based on a tip-off by his students. The school stressed that it has always attached great importance to allegiance education. Recruited by China during a visit to Shanghai in 2010, Liao was offered 20,000 yuan (US$3,262) per month to spy on Taiwan's military matters, according to the paper. Hu was later recruited by Liao, who promised to share the money with him. Hu was found to have contacted more than 10 of his students who are young officers in the Marine Corps to collect information about the Marine Corps' key bases and strongholds, the paper said. The paper said Hu, an expert on munitions, was in touch with elite war-fighting units including the Amphibious Reconnaissance and Patrol Unit and could cause unthinkable damage to Taiwan if he had not been caught. (By Y.F. Low)
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