Tue, Feb 21, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Security officials and businessman in dispute over car

By Lo Tien-bin  /  Staff Reporter

The civil war in Libya last year saw Taiwanese officials and businesspeople hastily pulling out of the country to escape the conflict. While calm has gradually returned to Tripoli, a dispute of another kind is raging between a businessman and National Security Bureau (NSB) officials.

A bureau agent, known only as “L,” had asked Lin Nan-sung (林楠松), a Taiwanese man doing business in Libya, to rent a Lexus for him.

When the Libyan uprising broke out in February last year, the car was placed in the garage of the Commercial Office of the Republic of China in Tripoli for sakekeeping. However, the office was broken into and the Lexus was missing.

According to Lin, he had rented a Lexus 350 for L, an acquaintance, to facilitate travel. After Lin and L returned to Taiwan, L gave the car keys to Lin to return the car to the rental company.

However, with the car missing after the break-in, and as L has been transferred to Jordan, the car rental company asked Lin, the guarantor, for the unpaid rental fee.

Lin asked L to handle the matter, but L, saying he had already handed the keys to Lin and had completed the “return” process, refused.

Lin has appealed to the Presidential Office and the bureau, but he did not receive a response prior to leaving for Libya in the middle of this month.

He is hoping to restart his business once the political situation in Libya stabilizes.

As L is still a government official, Lin said that he hoped the bureau would take care of the issue.

The bureau said it had repeatedly sent officials to help broker a deal between Lin and L, but as both sides had refused to relent, they have not reached a resolution.

If the court were to rule that L was in the wrong, the bureau would push for L to comply with the sentence, it said.

However, if the rights of bureau personnel had been infringed on, the bureau would try its best to help its personnel, it said.

Translated by Jake Chung, Staff writer

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