Taiwan sacks agent for sending sect data to China

Reuters, Sep. 11, 2002

[LatelineNews: 2002-9-11] TAIPEI – A Taiwan counter-intelligence agent has been sacked and faces prosecution for sending to China information about the Falun Gong spiritual movement banned by Beijing as a cult, a Taiwan official said on Wednesday.

Li Kai-ping was dismissed from the Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday and faces charges of leaking state secrets for sending bureau reports on Falun Gong to China via the Internet, a Justice Ministry spokesman said.

The spokesman said bureau agents investigated Li after receiving a tip-off. The spokesman declined to say what Li’s motives were or who the recipients were.

Taiwan newspapers said Li sent the information to a Taiwan investor friend in China this year and would appeal against his dismissal. Li could not be reached for comment.

Falun Gong is legal in Taiwan but banned in China as an “evil cult” in 1999 after adherents shocked authorities by besieging the leadership compound in Beijing demanding recognition.

The sect, which mixes Buddhism with traditional Chinese breathing exercises, says up to 1,600 followers have been killed in China in an ensuing crackdown. Beijing says only a handful have died, mostly from suicide or natural causes.

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