Taiwan official sentenced for spying for China

The court found that Lo Chi-cheng spied for China in exchange for money.

Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 12:37 PM IST

Taipei: Taiwan`s Defence Ministry says a military court has sentenced a defence intelligence official to life in prison for leaking secrets to China.

The ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the court found that Lo Chi-cheng spied for China in exchange for money. It said the ruling could be appealed.

Lo was arrested last October after an investigation by the Military Intelligence Bureau.

Local media have reported that Lo was recruited by China in 2007 and the secrets he leaked included a list of his colleagues working on the Chinese mainland.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. Despite rapidly improving relations between them over the past three years, the sides routinely engage in espionage against each other.

Bureau Report