Military personnel jailed for spying to lose pensions

Military personnel will have their pensions revoked if they are jailed for national security or state secret offenses, according to an amendment that cleared the Legislative Yuan on Friday.

The amendment to the Act of Military Service for Officers and Noncommissioned Officers of the Armed Forces was introduced following the arrest in recent years of several active and retired members of the military charged with spying for China.

Formerly, only military personnel convicted of sedition, treason or corruption committed during active service, those sentenced to life imprisonment or death in criminal cases and individuals discharged from the military in accordance with the Arm Forces Penalty Act were deprived of their pensions.

Under the amendment, the list of offenses for which commissioned and non-commissioned officers can have their pensions revoked was expanded to include national security or state secret violations committed during active service.

In addition, personnel sentenced to a prison term of no more than seven years for misconduct in office will have their pensions reduced, the amendment stipulates.

Commissioned and non-commissioned officers who have retired, will also have their pensions forfeited in the event they are sentenced to death, life imprisonment or jailed for seven years or more as a result of any of the aforementioned violations, the amendment states.

Retired military personnel sentenced to a prison term of no less than three but no more than seven years will see their pension cut by 50 percent; those imprisoned for no less than two years but no more than three years will have their pensions reduced by 30 percent; and individuals who receive jail terms of no less than one year but no more than two will receive a reduction of 20 percent, according to the amendment.

In such situations, retired members of the armed forces will be required to return any excess remuneration already paid, the amendment stipulates.

The revision will come into force once it has been promulgated by the president, a formality that usually takes about two weeks.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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