A former military intelligence chief lost an appeal against a guilty verdict for embezzlement yesterday when the Supreme Court upheld a ruling that sentenced him to two-and-a-half years in prison.
Ke Guang-ming (葛廣明), who served as head of the Military Intelligence Bureau between March 2008 and October 2009, was indicted in May 2010 for taking possession of NT$3.75 million (US$123,774) under a Ministry of National Defense special project.
He used NT$450,000 of the funds to pay the families of deceased bureau staff members, Lunar New Year bonuses for retired staff and for schools in northern Thailand, and later instructed his staff to take the remaining NT$3.25 million to his home when he was appointed to another post at the ministry.
A military court in August 2010 found Ke guilty of embezzlement and sentenced him to 14 years in prison, with his right to run for public office suspended for six years.
The sentence was reduced to two-and-a-half years during a third retrial of the case by the Taiwan High Court, on the grounds that the money was not used for personal purposes and that the remainder of the money was returned.
The period of deprivation of his citizen’s rights was also cut to one year by the Taiwan High Court.
The Supreme Court’s ruling is final and it cannot be appealed.
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