TAIPEI: A former Taiwanese air force officer has been given 12 life sentences for spying for China, a court said today, adding to a lengthy list of espionage cases that have rocked the island.
Lieutenant Colonel Yuan Hsiao-feng was convicted of passing unspecified military secrets to China between 2001 and 2007.
A High Court official said Yuan handed the secrets to China via retired colleague Chen Wen-jen.
Both men were sentenced yesterday, with Chen receiving a 20-year jail term, the official said.
The duo, who can appeal the ruling, have been detained since last year when they failed to recruit two junior colleagues, who turned them in to the authorities instead.