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Defense chief backs coup allegation

FAILED MUTINY?The defense minister said that he had been approached by pan-blue supporters and asked to admit himself into a hospital to clear the way for a coup d'etat

By Jimmy Chuang and Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTERS

News reports had reported that three deputy chiefs of the general staff at the time -- military adviser to the president Admiral Fei Hung-po (費鴻波), MND deputy-minister Admiral Chu Kai-sheng (朱凱生) and Chief of the Air force General Liu Kuei-li (劉貴立) were the key targets that had been asked to resign.

Then Deputy Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-mi (陳肇敏) was also reported to have been encouraged to resign. Chen Chao-mi joined the pan-blue controlled March 19 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee shortly after he retired from the military.

News reports also alleged that Tang had summoned a number of high-ranking military officials to his residence to discuss the matter, before he announced his resignation.

In November 2004, Former defense minister Chiang Chung-ling (蔣仲苓) asked the president to confront him in public in order to clarify accusations that he had planned a "soft coup d'etat" after the March 20 presidential election.

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