The Control Yuan yesterday found a senior adviser to the president and the secretary general of the National Security Council (NSC), as well as four current and former senior National Security Bureau (NSB) officials, guilty of dereliction of duty in their oversight of a secret NSB bank account.
Senior adviser to the president Yin Tsung-wen (
The NSB issued a news release after the announcement of the Control Yuan's verdicts yesterday. It stated that the NSB respected the verdicts and that the Liu case happened because "the NSB did not have a sound administrative mechanism to monitor the secret intelligence budget."
It added: "We have tightened up our discipline and will push for the establishment of a commission in the Legislative Yuan to monitor the intelligence budget in the future."
The Control Yuan said that the six officials' dereliction of duty resulted in the embezzlement of over NT$192 million by the bureau's former chief cashier Colonel Liu Kuan-chun (
Yin and current senior NSB official Lin Shih-yu (
With the exception of the bureau's former chief accountant, Hsu Ping-chiang, (
In their report, Control Yuan members Kuo Shih-chi (
Kuo added at a press conference yesterday that the officials' dereliction of duty had not only resulted in the loss of government funds, but also, during Ting's tenure, had enabled Liu to flee, making the former chief cashier, who had served in the NSB for approximately 10 years, not only a fugitive but a potential security risk.
Liu was chief cashier in the NSB from 1998 to 2000, and was responsible during that period for the NT$3 billion secret account, which the NSB is believed to have used for intelligence work such as the covert lobbying of foreign politicians to support Taiwan.
After the release of the Control Yuan's verdict yesterday, Yin issued a statement saying that the bureau's "serious mistakes" were made after he left office.
"It is regrettable that the Control Yuan has not clearly apportioned individual responsibility," Yin said.
Yin was director-general of the bureau from 1993 to 1999.
The bureau's secret account first came to light in 2000 following reports alleging Liu's embezzlement of funds. President Chen Shui-bian (
Penalties for officials found guilty of dereliction of guilty include demerits and, in more serious cases, dismissal. The punishments are handed down by the Judicial Yuan's Committee for the Discipline of Public Functionaries.