Ja­panese na­tional in­volved in Army tour: pros­e­cu­tors

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

The Taoyuan Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice re­vealed that a Ja­panese na­tional was part of the group of peo­ple who took a tour led by Lt. Col. Lao Naicheng ( ) into the Army Spe­cial Forces 601 Brigade.

The case which brought to light an abuse of power from within the mil­i­tary con­tin­ued yes­ter­day, with the pros­e­cu­tion sum­mon­ing 10 of the 13 adults who took part in vis­it­ing the 601 Brigade mil­i­tary base with­out au­tho­riza­tion, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

The sum­moned in­di­vid­u­als in­cluded lo­cal TV pre­sen­ter and so­cialite Janet Lee (

) , who was the cat­a­lyst that brought the case to the at­ten­tion of the public af­ter post­ing pic­tures of her­self pos­ing in front of and in­side two AH64E Apache mil­i­tary as­sault he­li­copters on­line.

Lao’s de­ci­sion to lead 20 friends and fam­ily mem­bers into the Apache main­te­nance base and also al­low­ing the in­di­vid­u­als to en­ter the highly clas­si­fied chop­per for pho­tos caused the pros­e­cu­tion to in­ves­ti­gate the case as a vi­o­la­tion of the Vi­tal Area Reg­u­la­tions ( ) and the Clas­si­fied Na­tional Se­cu­rity In­for­ma­tion Pro­tec­tion Act (

). Lee, who is also the cen­ter of me­dia at­ten­tion in the case due to her oc­cu­pa­tion as a TV pre­sen­ter, ap­proached the pros­e­cu­tion at around 10 a. m. yes­ter­day. In re­sponse to waves of press ques­tions upon her ap­pear­ance, Lee merely stated that she will ex­plain to the pros­e­cu­tion.

Aside from Lao and Lee, a Ja­panese na­tional vol­un­tar­ily con­tacted the pros­e­cu­tion yes­ter­day to be in­ter­viewed in the case.

Though the pros­e­cu­tion did not ex­plain the iden­tity of the Ja­panese man ini­tially, it was even­tu­ally re­vealed that the man is the boyfriend of Lao’s sis­ter- in- law.

Tai Wen- liang ( ) , one of the lead­ing pros­e­cu­tors of the case, said that the name of the Ja­panese man was not in the list pro­vided by the mil­i­tary, and that the man had ap­proached the pros­e­cu­tion vol­un­tar­ily. The rev­e­la­tion of a Ja­panese na­tional in a mil­i­tary base, and the sub­se­quent lack of ef­fort in pro­vid­ing the said in­for­ma­tion have gar­nered the mil­i­tary fur­ther crit­i­cisms as the­o­ries of cover ups begin to build.

Other than the Ja­panese in­di­vid­ual, the pros­e­cu­tion said that an­other per­son of in­ter­est, Lai Pei- chen ( ), had also re­ported to the pros­e­cu­tion soon af­ter she landed back into the coun­try. Tai said that to deal with all peo­ple of in­ter­ests who are still out­side of the coun­try, the pros­e­cu­tion will seek out the right legal chan­nels to ap­proach the in­di­vid­u­als ac­cord­ingly.

Sur­veil­lance Video Re­veals ‘Neg­li­gence and Abuse of

Power’

Re­port­edly, while go­ing through the video ev­i­dence re­trieved from the se­cu­rity cam­eras at the 601 Brigade, the pros­e­cu­tion dis­cov­ered ob­vi­ous ev­i­dence of neg­li­gence and abuse of power in the case.

The video cam­era showed that not only did Lao make two Apache chop­pers avail­able for adults and chil­dren to en­ter and take pho­tos with, Lao and an­other of­fi­cer took it upon them­selves to ex­plain the work­ings of the he­li­copters and the base to the 20 in­di­vid­u­als.

To con­duct f ur­ther i nves­ti­ga­tion on the case, the pros­e­cu­tion searched Lao’s res­i­dence, the 601 Brigade and thir­teen other lo­ca­tions yes­ter­day.

CNA

Lo­cal TV pre­sen­ter and so­cialite Janet Lee ( ) shows up to be in­ter­viewed by pros­e­cu­tors, yes­ter­day. Lee was the cat­a­lyst that brought the Apache case to the at­ten­tion of the public af­ter post­ing pic­tures of her pos­ing in front of and in­side two of the mil­i­tary as­sault he­li­copters on­line.

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