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Last-ditch appeal against information leak sentence fails

Staff Writer, with CNA

Prosecutors yesterday rejected a request from former Bureau of Investigation director-general Yeh Sheng-mao (葉盛茂) to file a last-ditch appeal against his conviction for leaking confidential information.

The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, the only agency empowered to file an extraordinary appeal, said the Taiwan High Court’s conviction of Yeh in May for leaking confidential information was correct, based on facts and evidence, and did not require further examination.

The decision leaves Yeh without any further legal options to have the final High Court verdict overturned or amended.

Yeh was found to have tipped off Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) and a businessman in April 2008 that prosecutors would raid their offices when investigating Ker’s alleged ties to an illegal mining operation in Hualien County.

Refusing to accept the High Court verdict in the case, Yeh filed a request with the Supreme Prosecutors Office on July 14 — the day he began serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence — asking the country’s top prosecutor to launch an extraordinary appeal on his behalf.

Yeh, who served as Investigation Bureau chief under former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), has also been found guilty in a separate case of concealing evidence in a money laundering case related to Chen, for which he was sentenced to three years and nine months. That verdict is still being appealed.

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