Kaohsiung prosecutors on Friday indicted three retired military officers for allegedly providing China with intelligence on the Taiwan military, in breach of the National Security Act.
One of the indicted is a former military intelligence officer, surnamed Tsui. After retiring from the intelligence service in 1988, he opened a business in China in 2004 and returned to Taiwan in 2013, according to the prosecutors.
While in China, Tsui opened a restaurant with another Taiwanese man surnamed Lee, a former counterintelligence officer, the prosecutors said. The third man involved in the case is a retired colonel, surnamed Yeh, they added.
After an investigation, the prosecutors said the three men were found to be in contact with active-duty or other retired military officers for the purpose of gathering information on Taiwan's military which they handed to national security officers in China.
They also helped develop an organization for state agencies in China and handed over confidential documents, the prosecutors said.
The men spied for China in return for personal gain, free trips and preferential treatment for their business in China, the prosecutors added.
They will now face trial on espionage charges.
The National Security Act prohibits individuals from securing, collecting or delivering confidential documents, pictures, information or articles or developing an organization for the use of the military or other official agency in a foreign country or Mainland China.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel