Sun, Jul 22, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Military official detained on charges of corruption

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Lieutenant General Cheng Shih-yu (程士瑜), a former head of the Sixth Army, was taken into custody on Friday on charges of corruption, the Prosecutors Office of the Military High Court (POMHC) said in a press release late that day.

Cheng is the highest-ranking military officer to be detained in recent years, Ministry of National Defense (MND) sources said.

According to the POMHC statement, Cheng was subpoenaed the previous day.

During the interrogation, Cheng was accused of having abused his position to secure illegal financial gains. As military prosecutors asked that Cheng be detained as they were afraid he might destroy evidence with the help of other suspects involved in the case. The Military High Court approved the request to hold Cheng incommunicado pending further investigations.

An MND audit team began last month to look into the Sixth Army's annual budget appropriations over the past few years and discovered serious irregularities, including administrative fee misappropriation and accounting fraud.

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