Supreme Court upholds 14-month prison sentence against Chinese spy

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Zhou Hongxu (周泓旭, center) / CNA file photo

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a high court ruling that sentenced convicted Chinese spy Zhou Hongxu (周泓旭) to 14 months in prison.

Zhou, who graduated from Taiwan's National Chengchi University in 2016, was found guilty of espionage in a Taipei District Court ruling on Sept. 15, 2017.

In an appeal, the Taiwan High Court on April 26, 2018 upheld the 14-month prison sentence against Zhou, who was accused of attempting to develop a spy network in Taiwan.

However, on May 8 last year, the High Court supported the argument put up by Zhou's lawyers that he had effectively served his sentence since he had already been in detention for a year after he was arrested on suspicion of trying to recruit spies for China.

Zhou was released from prison but was not allowed to move house or leave Taiwan. He was also required to report every evening to the Liuzhangli Police Station, the nearest station to his Taipei residence.

According to the court ruling, Zhou was instructed by a Chinese official in Shanghai in July 2014 to recruit Taiwanese government personnel and other people of influence, while he was studying and working in Taiwan.

The former Chinese student was arrested in March 2017 and indicted in July that same year after he attempted to recruit an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, promising to pay at least what the employee was earning at the ministry.

The Supreme Court ruling on Thursday was the final verdict in the case and cannot be appealed.

(By Hsiao Po-wen, Lin Chang-shun and Evelyn Kao)Enditem/pc

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