The Presidential Office on Monday said three senior military officials would receive a one-year extension to their service, adding that the delay in their planned reassignment was unrelated to a recent series of scandals concerning the armed forces.
The Presidential Office said Chief of General Staff General Lin Chen-yi (林鎮夷), Army Commander General Yang Tien-hsiao (楊天嘯) and National Defense University’s president, General Chin Nai-chieh (金乃傑), would stay in their current positions for another year.
Lin’s term was scheduled to expire this month. Yang and Chin have served in their positions for more than two years.
Media reports speculated that the extensions were attempts to stabilize the military in the wake of a spy scandal involving General Lo Hsien-che (羅賢哲) — possibly the nation’s worst in half a century — and the reopening of an investigation into the wrongful execution of airman Chiang Kuo-ching (江國慶) 14 years ago.
Asked for comment at a press conference yesterday, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major General Yu Sy-tue (虞思祖) said the military did not discuss individual personnel reassignments.
He said the military was conducting a thorough examination of all units and posts in which Lo served after he returned from Thailand in January 2005 and was assessing the nature of the damage caused by Lo’s actions.
Yu said that the military would discipline any official found to have played a role in promoting Lo.
Lo, who was head of communications and electronic information at Army Command Headquarters, was detained on Jan. 25 on suspicion of spying for China since 2004.
His actions are believed to have seriously jeopardized the military and Taiwan-US military ties.