An official from Liaoning province has been jailed for spying for Taiwan, state media reported yesterday. Fu Jian, 51, was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison by Jinzhou Intermediate People's Court after being convicted of espionage, the Liaoning Daily reported. The court also stripped him of his political rights for three years, as well as confiscating all the gains from his spying activities from 1997 to last year, which were worth US$60,900, the newspaper said. It added that Fu had not appealed. Fu was party secretary of the Jinzhou Oil Supply Management Office and was head of the office's discipline inspection commission - an internal disciplinary unit - before his arrest, the report said. The report said Fu's Taiwanese relative, Lu Yi-chun, alleged to be an agent for the Military Intelligence Bureau in Taiwan, was Fu's handler and supplied him with spying equipment such as cameras and recorders. It said that between August 1997 and May last year Fu took advantage of his official position and obtained 'state secrets at different times and places' for Lu. The relationship continued until May last year, when Fu was arrested. Lu was also arrested, the report added, saying he would be tried separately. The Liaoning Daily report did not give any details on what secrets Fu and Lu had stolen, but described one as a 'top-secret document'. Jinzhou court officials refused to comment yesterday. Last October, Lu's family sought help from Taiwanese lawmakers, saying he had been detained in Shanghai since May. The Taipei Times said Taiwanese military personnel had denied that Lu, a former lieutenant-commander in the navy who retired from the intelligence department at the Ministry of Defence 10 years ago, had worked for them. Since his retirement Lu had been running a company on the mainland which exported men's accessories.