The detention of former Military Police (MP) head and presidential aide-de-camp, Lieutenant General Ho Yung-chien (何雍堅) on Thursday on corruption charges provoked a mixed reaction from legislators yesterday.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said that he had heard rumors about KMT plans to frame former DPP government officers.
“This case sounds like one of them. It is absurd,” Tsai said.
Ho, now deputy chief of the reserve command, was detained by military prosecutors on Thursday over alleged corruption during his term as head of the MP back in 2004.
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued a press release yesterday saying that Ho allegedly filed falsified reimbursement claims and pocketed the money. Military prosecutors filed a request to detain him on Wednesday that was granted by the Military High Court on Thursday.
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Shuai Hua-ming (帥化民), however, said that military prosecutors would not detain a subject for no reason, especially a general.
“There must be something wrong,” Shuai said. “To detain a lieutenant general is a big thing in the military and I do not believe that these military prosecutors would be stupid enough to do something like this if they do not have hard evidence.”
MND Spokesman Major General Yu Sy-tue (虞思祖) said the case had nothing to do with politics.
“If it is illegal, we will do what we are supposed to do, no matter who we are dealing with and whatever his rank,” Yu said.