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Officials disciplined over Wang case

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Control Yuan yesterday decided to discipline Lily Hsu (徐儷文) and Chang Jia-hua (張家華), two low-level officials in Taiwan's UK representative office, for negligence in the handling of document applications by the wife of fugitive Andrew Wang (汪傳浦).

The Control Yuan found the two officials had been negligent in their duties and seriously damaged the government's image. The two will be disciplined by the Committee for the Discipline of Public Functionaries (公務員懲戒會).

Hsu and Chang were removed from their posts under a correction order issued by the Control Yuan in August, and the Control Yuan's decision yesterday further punishes them for their actions.

The case involves the pair's negligence in handling applications for a new passport and other authorization documents by Wang's wife Yeh Hsiu-jun (葉秀貞).

The Control Yuan said the two officials granted Yeh's applications and released documents to her even though the application forms had not been filled out completely.

The Control Yuan also decided that the fault in Yeh's case lay mainly with the two diplomats and the frontline execution of consular affairs and cleared officials and diplomats at the top level of blame.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stressed to its officials to use caution when handling applications, yet the two officials still made these errors. This is about the attitude of frontline public servants -- the management level doesn't deal with basic frontline matters," said Control Yuan member Chao Jung-yao (趙榮耀), who is involved in the investigation of the case.

Wang, an arms dealer suspected of involvement and corruption in the sale of French Lafayette-class frigates to Taipei in the 1990s, is wanted in connection with the death of navy Captain Yin Ching-feng (尹清楓).

Yin was the head of the navy's Arms Acquisition Office. His body was found floating off the east coast on Dec. 9, 1993.

His death prompted an investigation into irregularities surrounding the purchase of the French frigates.

Investigators believe the deal included more than US$500 million in illegal commissions.

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