Taipei--A retired military police officer who was on the security detail of former Vice President Annette Lu (???) was indicted Friday for espionage for China, the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office said on Friday.
The office said it pressed the indictment against retired MP Major Wang Hong-ju (???), 46, for violation of the National Security Act after he was found to be involved in espionage.
Wang had been assigned by the National Security Bureau (NSB) as one of Lu's bodyguards during the 2000 presidential campaign. After his retirement from the bureau's Special Service Command Center in 2003, Wang began a business career in China.
In March he was arrested at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport while preparing to fly to China.
He had been tagged as a suspect by the NSB and the Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Justice for a long period of time before his arrest in March, since when he has been held incommunicado.
According to prosecutors and investigators, Wang was found to have made contacts with Chinese officials, to whom he agreed to collect confidential information from his former colleagues.
His attempts were exposed after many of the people he contacted refused to offer any information to him, the prosecutors said.
However, Wang denied during interrogation that he had ever leaked national secrets, saying that "at the rank of major, my access to national secrets was limited."
But according to the District Prosecutors Office, Wang confessed he does not care much about law and order.
Wang was the second person with a military background recently charged with spying, following former Air Defense Missile Command Commander Hsieh Chia-kang (???).
Hsieh, who currently is deputy commander of the Matsu Defense Command, was summoned for questioning by prosecutors Tuesday for alleged breach of national security.
That same day, his residence in Pingtung was searched and the case was turned over to the Ciaotou District Prosecutors Office in Kaohsiung for further investigation.
He was later released on bail of NT$100,000 (US$3,300) but barred from leaving the country.
Hsieh's case drew concern from the United States over possible leaks of information about U.S.-made missile systems.
Before being transferred to the Matsu Defense Command in January, Hsieh was the head of Taiwan's Air Defense Missile Command, a post he took over in 2015.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel