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Soldier sentenced to three years for stealing grenades

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday confirmed a report that a military court had sentenced a soldier to three years for stealing three high-explosive grenades while the unit was in charge of President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) security.

The Chinese-language Apple Daily reported yesterday that Lin Chi-hao (林祺豪), who was doing his compulsory military service, stole three grenades from his unit in the Army's Guandu Command in September last year.

The command is responsible for the defense of the capital and the president's security in case of an emergency.

The report said that while Lin's unit was taking over responsibility for the president's security on Sept. 24, soldiers in the unit found that three high-explosive grenades had been stolen from a combat vehicle.

A sealed box had been opened and three grenades were missing, the newspaper said.

After searches were conducted, the three grenades were found in Lin's luggage, the paper said. Lin was to complete his military service in a few days.

The newspaper said that Lin told a military court he was upset at not being able to take his routine days off during military operations following Typhoon Morakot in August last year and sought revenge by stealing the grenades.

Lin received a three-year sentence for his action, the report said.

The ministry said Lin was appealing his case with the High Military Court.

As the grenades stolen by Lin were high explosive and easy to carry, they were weapons “terrorists” would certainly like to get their hands on, the military said, adding that it had launched an investigation to determine whether Lin had had any contact with criminal organizations or “terrorists.”

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