Sat, Aug 11, 2007 - Page 1 News List

MOI demands NT$3.2 million back from Red Cross

STATE FUNDING An audit of the Taiwanese branch of the Red Cross revealed that it had spent disaster relief subsidies on other expenses, the Ministry of the Interior said

By Max Hirsch and Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTERS

The act was passed in 1954 to create the Red Cross as an NGO with a special status that collaborates with the government in humanitarian aid efforts and receives government subsidies.

In response to the Red Cross' insistence that no improprieties have occurred in its 13 years of receiving government subsidies, the MOI said that "the standards by which the interior ministry subsidizes NGOs are consistent, and the Red Cross must abide by them."

Chen said the Red Cross had not yet received the MOI's notice to return the money, but could appeal once it has been delivered.

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