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Taiwan army officer who stayed in UK to return

Taiwan plans to bring home a young military intelligence officer from Britain after she failed to return last year, officials said yesterday.

Yeh Mei, a lieutenant with Taiwan’s Military Intelligence Agency, took an overseas sightseeing trip in June last year but for unknown reasons did not return for duty. Since then she has been placed on a wanted list by a local court.

Yeh was detained by the UK Border Agency last week for overstaying her visa and her attempt to extend it was rejected, Taiwan’s Central News Agency said, adding that she has been sent to an immigration removal center.

Taiwan military authority spokesman David Lo said they are working to escort her back to the island.

Lo said China’s mainland, contrary to speculation, had not played any role in Yeh’s movements.

“Some local media had said she defected to the Chinese mainland, which was not true. The intelligence agency attributed her move to ‘personal factors,’” Lo said.

In 2012, a Taiwan court rejected an appeal by former army general Lo Hsien-che, who was jailed for life in the toughest punishment meted out in an espionage case.



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