The Ministry of National Defense yesterday said that Major General Yang Wen-zheng (楊文鎮) had received a major demerit and has been sent to military prosecutors for investigation over his alleged involvement in a sexual harassment case.
The ministry said 52-year-old Yang, who was director of Reserve Command’s Northern Region, had been removed from his post.
The Chinese-language Apply Daily reported yesterday that on several occasions, Yang Wen-zheng had brought a female military official in her 20s with him when he went on public trips in central and southern parts of the country.
Yang was allegedly seen by other military personnel at his base holding her hand when he traveled on public transport, the paper said.
It added that there had been complaints about Yang holding the woman’s hand or putting his hand on her leg at the military base.
The newspaper cited the director of Reserve Command’s political warfare department, Major General Ming Bang-dao (明邦道), as saying that the Reserve Command launched an investigation immediately after receiving complaints on Nov. 2.
Yang Wen-zheng was given a major demerit and was sent to military prosecutors for further investigation, Ming said.
The newspaper said a committee of the command reviewing Yang’s case initially decided to give him two major demerits, but because some members of the committee wanted to take into consideration that his sister was a lawmaker, the committee decided to give him a more lenient punishment.
Yang is the younger brother of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator.
The newspaper said Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) had contacted Yang Li-Huan to discuss the matter.
Yang Li-Huan (楊麗環) Yang Li-Huan told reporters his younger brother was well-respected and she did not have further details.