The military is investigating Tri-Service General Hospital superintendent Major General Sun Kuang-huan (孫光煥) for dereliction of duty and falsifying testimony, the Chinese-language Next Magazine reported yesterday.
Sun allegedly left his post to attend a wedding feast on Oct. 16 last year and asked vice superintendent Chu Po-ling (朱柏齡) to falsify testimony to avoid charges, the weekly magazine said.
According to the report, Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) visited a patient at the hospital on Oct. 16, and Sun greeted him outside the ward. Kao then declined Sun’s offer to accompany him as the visit was a non-business matter, the magazine said.
However, when Kao tried to phone Sun’s office after the visit to inquire about some interministerial matters, Sun, who was supposed to be on duty, had left the hospital without notice to attend a wedding banquet, the report said.
In an attempt to evade charges of dereliction of duty, Sun allegedly asked Chu to forge an excuse by saying that Sun had requested that Chu take over his shift before he departed, the report said.
It added that Chu changed his statement after being summoned for questioning by the Ministry of National Defense, saying he was not told to take over Sun’s shift beforehand.
Ministry of National Defense spokesman David Lo (羅紹和) said Sun’s case was now under investigation by the Military Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, the report said.
He declined to comment on the investigation.
“Sun was attending a wedding ceremony of a friend in the media business,” Lo quoted Sun as saying. “And he has apologized to the ministry and concerned officials for his misconduct.”
The Military Supreme Prosecutors’ Office has completed the questioning of all concerned parties and the case will soon be prosecuted, he said.
Translated by Stacy Hsu, Staff writer