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Minister orders probe into Military Intelligence Agency

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) yesterday said he would complete a probe into an alleged power struggle within the Military Intelligence Agency within two weeks.

During a question-and-answer session with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), Kao said the military had launched an investigation into corruption allegations against agency director-general Ker Kuang-ming (葛廣明), who stepped down on Sunday, and the alleged power struggle.

“Judging from what we have found so far, we need to straighten things out [at the agency]. Since some people believe there were [corruption] problems with the director-general, we have reshuffled positions,” Kao said.

Lu voiced concerns about an alleged power struggle within the agency after the Ministry of National Defense replaced Ker with Deputy Director of the National Security Bureau’s Secret Service Center Chang Kan-ping (張堪平) on Sunday.

The Chinese-language United Daily News yesterday alleged that Ker’s replacement was the result of a battle between him and the agency’s deputy director Liu Pen-shan (劉本善).

The story said a note accusing Ker of embezzlement, negligence of duty, corruption and violation of military codes was sent to military prosecutors and legislators.

The story also quoted Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) as saying that Ker had allegedly used public funds to benefit relatives and close aides.

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