Victor Chin (秦日新), the disgraced former representative to Fiji could have his salary frozen in full after being suspended from his duties a day earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.
Chin, who resigned from his representative post on July 21 amid accusations of misconduct and was then given a job at the ministry in Taipei, was suspended on Wednesday after a special panel finalized an internal probe and referred the case to the Agency Against Corruption and the Control Yuan.
Ministry spokesman James Chang (章計平) declined to comment on the results of the investigation, saying only that the decision to suspend Chin was made based on the “gravity” of the accusations of misconduct against him.
According to local media reports, the ministry panel uncovered evidence that disproved Chin’s claims of innocence, including proof that he misappropriated government money to fund an extramarital affair with a Japanese diplomat and applied for an allowance and tuition subsidy, intended for the families of diplomats posted abroad, when both his wife and daughter were at home in Taiwan.
At a routine press conference yesterday, Chang said the ministry is still investigating how the report was leaked to the media.
“Because the case has been referred to a judicial agency, we are obliged to respect its authority and refrain from revealing the details of our investigation,” Chang said.
Following criticism that, despite being suspended, Chin would still receive half of his basic monthly salary — about NT$26,000 (US$903) — Chang said the ministry was looking into the possibility of freezing his salary in line with existing law.
Under current civil service pay regulations, suspended personnel can have their salaries halved or totally frozen.
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