Pun­ish­ments ex­pand in Apache scan­dal

One more of­fi­cer now re­vealed to have ar­ranged unau­tho­rized tour

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY YUAN-MING CHIAO

Mil­i­tary of­fi­cials an­nounced the ex­pan­sion of the wave of dis­ci­plinary ac­tions com­ing from the re­cent Apache he­li­copter scan­dal yes­ter­day af­ter re­veal­ing that an­other of­fi­cer had ar­ranged an unau­tho­rized tour of the sen­si­tive mil­i­tary craft. Later, Army Com­man­der (

) Chiu Kuo-cheng ( ) stated he has taken dis­ci­plinary ac­tion upon him­self fol­low­ing the scan­dal, with­out pro­vid­ing fur­ther de­tails.

Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense (MND) spokesper­son Luo Shouhe ( ) re­vealed in a morn­ing press con­fer­ence that Army Spe­cial Forces ( ) 601 Brigade Com­man­der Maj. Gen. Chien Tsungyuan ( ) had also led a group of fam­ily and friends num­ber­ing four in­di­vid­u­als in an unau­tho­rized tour of the Apache he­li­copter on Feb. 20, in­clud­ing the he­li­copter’s cock­pit. This brings the num­ber of unau­tho­rized tours to three and in­volves 40 in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing the two tours or­ga­nized by Lt. Col. Lao Nai-cheng ( ) on Feb. 22 and March 29. In­clud­ing Chien and Lao, pros­e­cu­tors are now seek­ing charges against 14 in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in the scan­dal.

Lt. Col. Lao to be Dis­charged af­ter New Charges Lev­eled

De­tail­ing their on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, mil­i­tary of­fi­cials di­vided the re­cent Apache scan­dal into two cases, one in­volv­ing vi­o­la­tions to in­ter­nal ad­min­is­tra­tion, and the sec­ond per­tain­ing to the per­sonal use of a spe­cial avi­a­tor hel­met con­nected to the he­li­copter, which in­volved six of­fi­cers.

In the MND’s sec­ond wave tar­get­ing vi­o­la­tions to in­ter­nal ad­min­is­tra­tion within the 601 Brigade, it handed out 12 ad­di­tional dis­ci­plinary ac­tions to­ward in­di­vid­u­als in­clud­ing Army Spe­cial Forces Direc­tor of Po­lit­i­cal War­fare Maj. Gen. Wen Tien-you ( ), the high­est rank­ing of­fi­cer to be dis­ci­plined. Maj. Gen. Chien, af­ter ac­cru­ing three de­mer­its, will be re­moved from his post as brigade com­man­der of the unit.

Lt. Col. Lao, al­ready dis­ci­plined with one se­ri­ous de­merit and re­moved from his post due to the two unau­tho­rized tours, was is­sued an­other se­ri­ous de­merit for his role in­volv­ing the pri­vate use of the spe­cial avi­a­tor hel­met. Of­fi­cials con­firmed that Lao will even­tu­ally be dis­charged within the year.

Army Lists Ma­jor Short­com­ings

In ma­te­ri­als pro­vided to the press, the R.O.C. Army de­tailed eight ma­jor in­sti­tu­tional short­com­ings high­lighted by Lao’s unau­tho­rized tours. They in­cluded non­com­pli­ance with the pro­vi­sions of mil­i­tary grounds, room for fur­ther im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­ter­nal man­age­ment, over­sight de­fi­cien­cies in re­stricted ar­eas, lack of se­cu­rity and safety verification dur­ing en­try of mil­i­tary grounds, lack of se­cu­rity aware­ness, the need for in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity man­age­ment and con­trol, false re­port­ing of mil­i­tary in­ven­tory, and con­ceal­ing the truth to mis­lead in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

MND of­fi­cials ad­dressed th­ese short­com­ings by list­ing sev­eral ac­tions in­clud­ing the re­view of cur­rent man­age­ment and in­spec­tion pro­ce­dures across all branches of the mil­i­tary to re­form reg­u­la­tions and safe­guards.

De­fense Min­is­ter Apol­o­gizes, Vows Thor­ough In­ves­ti­ga­tion

Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fense Kao Kuang-chi ( ) who made an unan­nounced visit near the end of the press con­fer­ence apol­o­gized to the na­tion and promised to spare no one in­volved in the scan- dal in on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Kao fur­ther de­tailed the for­ma­tion of a com­mit­tee to fore­see the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, to be lead by Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter Liu Chen-wu ( ).

MND Cold on Janet Lee’s

Vol­un­teer Of­fer

Re­spond­ing to Janet Lee’s (

) of­fer to be­come a vol­un­teer fol­low­ing her re­cent re­marks re- gret­ting her ac­tions in the scan­dal in or­der to re­pair the dam­age done to the mil­i­tary’s rep­u­ta­tion, spokesman Luo stated that he hoped Lee’s feel­ings of re­gret were gen­uine, and that there are many av­enues of vol­un­teer­ing that do not in­volve na­tional de­fense.

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(Above) Pre­mier Mao Chi-kuo, left, and Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter Liu Chen-wu ( ) re­spond to law­mak­ers’ ques­tions at the Leg­isla­tive Yuan re­gard­ing the re­cent Apache he­li­copter scan­dal, yes­ter­day. In light of the scan­dal’s dele­te­ri­ous re­flec­tion on the dis­ci­pline of the armed forces, Mao ex­tended his apolo­gies to the na­tion. (Right) Taipei City Depart­ment of La­bor Direc­tor Lai Hsiang-ling speaks to re­porters, yes­ter­day. Lai stated that the iden­tity of the in­di­vid­u­als who hired the for­eign work­ers who at­tended the unau­tho­rized tours of the Apache he­li­copter of Army Spe­cial Forces 601 Brigade would be traced. The city also sought to de­ter­mine whether or not the work­ers were forced to ex­ceed the con­di­tions of their ini­tial hir­ing.

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