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MND punishes 11 in prostitution cases

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday said it had punished 11 military personnel for their involvement in alleged prostitution cases between February and July last year.

“These people have been administratively punished and have been put up for early retirement,” the ministry said in a press release.

More than 20 people, including a lieutenant colonel, were involved in at least four cases. Eleven suspects confessed during investigations and were punished, the ministry said. Two were asked to leave the military last spring.

Meanwhile, the ministry said an investigation into allegations of bribery found no evidence that senior officials had been promoted because of bribes.

The ministry opened the probe on April 8. A total of 910 top personnel, including ministry spokesman Major General Yu Sy-tue (虞思祖), were investigated for allegedly buying promotions.

During its investigation, the ministry discovered several cases of alleged embezzlement, including allegations that Reserve Forces Command Headquarters Deputy Chief-of-Staff Liang Wen-cheng (梁文正) embezzled a staff holiday meal allowance. Allegations were also raised about former presidential chief of security Yu Lien-fa’s (余連發) actions when he was chief of the Military Intelligence Agency and former presidential chief of security Ho Yung-chien (何雍堅) when he was head of the Military Police Command Headquarters.

These cases have been handed over to prosecutors.

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