Former legislator Lo Chih-ming and retired navy major general Hsia Fu-hsiang are alleged of helping China develop an espionage ring by recruiting retired military personnel to travel on hosted trips to China. They were detained over violations of the National Security Act but later, the Kaohsiung District Court set bail for Lo and Hsia at NT$200,000 and NT$150,000, respectively.
Retired Navy major general Hsia Fu-hsiang walked behind former legislator Lo Chih-ming, covering his head with a jacket.
Lo Chih-ming, Former KMT legislator: “Thank you.”
Lo and Hsia are alleged of helping China develop an espionage ring by recruiting retired military personnel to travel on hosted trips to China. The Kaohsiung Branch of the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office is carrying out searches and questioning 21 people all over suspected violations of the National Security Act. Some of the retired military officers admitted to taking hosted trips to China. Both Lo and Hsia denied building an espionage ring, but prosecutors filed a motion to have the two detained. The Kaohsiung District Court later set bail for Lo and Hsia at NT$200,000 and NT$150,000, respectively. However, Lo and Hsia were suspected of exercising special privilege by being escorted through the back door. The Kaohsiung District Court denied such treatment.
Tsai Shu-yu, Deputy Speaker, Kaohsiung District Court: “It's easier to park on Shizhong 1st Rd, so people go in and out of the door facing Shizhong 1st Rd. The main entrance is on Hedong Rd. The defendants did not exercise the special privilege to exit through the back door. It was a misunderstanding and it's not true.”
Taiwan has long been worried about high-ranked military officers gathering intelligence for China, as several military officials have been investigated throughout recent years over spying charges. Taiwan's Supreme Prosecutors Office said the government usually gets tipped off by individuals and the military should update more frequently in its investigation and security services to ensure national security.
Chang Ching, Senior researcher, Society for Strategic Studies R.O.C.: “The Executive Yuan is responsible for the National Security Act. The Cabinet was supposed to make an official announcement about the latest amendment when it got passed, but they have been quiet about it so far.”
Wang Ting-Yu, Legislator (DPP): “Selling out the interests of the country. Doing spying work for China. They should be heavily punished and ostracized.”
Although the Kaohsiung District Court decided not to detain Lo and Hsia, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office will determine again whether to appeal the ruling.