Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators yesterday criticized the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office over not indicting former air force commander Lei Yu-chi (雷玉其) for his alleged abuse of administrative resources.
Lei was removed from his post in January after media reports said that he had mobilized dozens of military staff to help out at his son’s wedding.
Held for 700 guests at the Air Force Officers and Soldiers Recreation Center in Taipei, reports alleged that the preparations for the wedding banquet included the use of large numbers of military personnel and a Hummer.
The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office’s Special Investigation Division (SID) announced on Thursday that it had interviewed Lei and about 100 air force personnel, and decided that Lei did not violate any article of the Criminal Code by using scores of military personnel to work at the wedding.
The SID said Lei might have violated public servants’ ethics regulations and be disciplined, but he would not be charged under the Criminal Code.
DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) told a press conference yesterday that the party caucus was disappointed with the investigation’s outcome, adding that the SID had been in favor of having a high-ranking military official as part of the investigation.
DPP Legislator Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) also asked that, if all the air force personnel served at the wedding voluntarily, why did some of them reveal the matter to the news media and expressed their discontent?
Huang said that the result of the investigation was contrary to people’s usual distinction between private use and public use of military personnel, and would encourage other military officials to misuse their position in the armed forces.