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Ex-investigation bureau chief told to go to prison

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

The High Court yesterday announced that former Bureau of Investigation director-general Yeh Sheng-mao (葉盛茂) would serve a prison term of three years and eight months for concealing government documents and leaking confidential information.

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office said it has notified Yeh that he must start serving his sentence next month.

The Supreme Court on Feb. 6 sentenced Yeh to 16 months in prison for concealing government documents.

Yeh was convicted of concealing confidential information about irregularities in a case involving former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who has been jailed for corruption.

According to the court documents, Yeh withheld confidential information provided by the Egmond Group of Financial Intelligence Units in December 2006 and other relevant information in January 2008, which were all related to suspected overseas money-laundering by Chen’s family.

In addition to concealing the documents, Yeh was accused of leaking confidential information to Chen, the court said.

Yeh was also found guilty of leaking information to Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) in April 2008, during an investigation into Ker’s alleged involvement in an illegal mining operation in Hualien County. Yeh was sentenced to 30 months in jail in the case involving Ker.

In July 2011, Yeh began serving his 30-month prison term for leaking confidential information to Ker and was released on parole in September last year.

The High Court said the three-year-and-eight-month prison term was a combination of the 16-month term and the remainder of the 30-month prison term.

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