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NSB head likely to face questioning in embezzlement case

By Jou Ying-cheng  /  STAFF REPORTER

The military prosecutor in charge of National Security Bureau chief cashier Colonel Liu Kuan-chun's (劉冠軍) embezzlement case said yesterday that questioning of current and former NSB chiefs can be expected.

Military prosecutor Lee Jung-yuan (李榮元) yesterday responded to reporters' questions about who would be summoned for questioning, saying "Director General [of the NSB] Ting Yu-chou (丁渝洲)and former director general Yin Tsung-wen (殷宗文)are being considered."

Lee also said he did not exclude the possibility of another search of NSB headquarters.

The prosecutors and investigators carried out a search, the first ever, of the NSB on Sep. 26.

DPP Legislator Chang Ching-fang (張清芳) yesterday visited military high court prosecutors office in Hsintien (新店), to deliver to Prosecutor Lee what he said was important intelligence on the case.

Chang said the NSB has destroyed classified documents relating to a secret budget of up to NT$5 billion.

Chang said these "top secret" funds for the NSB's use were budgeted by the Ministry of National Defense and put under the administration of the chief cashier and chief accountant.

"But account ledgers relating to this budget were destroyed in the name of security after former NSB chief Yin Tsung-wen left [in mid 1998], although the documents were still within the time frame within which it is stipulated they must be preserved." Chang said.

He claimed that, according to intelligence he had obtained, it was a Lieutenant General who ordered the destruction of the documents which, he said, might contain clues of malpractice on the part of the NSB and were related to Liu's case.

But he declined to give further details to the media over the matter, saying he would hold a press conference to give more details today.

Chang also said that when he first disclosed the Liu case back in July, the Presidential Office had sent an official to try to persuade him to desist, but later President Chen Shui-bain (陳水扁) decided to pursue the case and commanded NSB chief Ting to deepen the investigation.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Lee said intelligence indicated that the missing Liu Kuan-chun remains in Taiwan and a manhunt is under way. Prosecutors issued a circular order of arrest for Liu last Thursday.

Lee said six people involved in the case have been barred from leaving the country, including Liu and two middle-ranking NSB officials suspected of assisting Liu to launder money. Lee declined to say who the other three were.

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