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Ex-senior military officer gets stiff sentence for corruption

ROC Central News Agency

2009/09/02 14:52:13

By Sofia Wu

Taipei, Sept.2 (CNA) Yuan Hsiao-lung, a former deputy commanding general of the Reserve Command, was sentenced to 10 years and four months in prison for his involvement in a corruption case prior to retiring from his post.

The Banciao District Court in Taipei County ruled that Yuan, a former lieutenant general, leaked key information about a military construction project to contractor Lin Chih-chung, after the latter promised to pay a sum of NT$6 million (about US$181,818) needed for Yuan to be promoted to the rank of general.

Besides handing over tender documents for the construction project to the contractor, Yuan also leaked a list of members of the project's screening committee and even forced some members to list specific bidders as the top and first runner-up choices, the court found.

Yuan had already retired when he was indicted for involvement in the corruption case in April this year. At the time, prosecutors sought a 22-year prison term for Yuan, who applied for retirement after learning that his hopes for a promotion had dimmed.

Lin was given a three-year prison term for his role in the case.

Both Yuan and Lin can appeal their sentences to a higher court.

Neither of them appeared at the court Tuesday.

Tsai Yu, wife of Yang Tung-shan, a former section chief of the Military Procurement Bureau in charge of design, was sentenced to seven years in prison for her role in the case.

Several other suspects were either acquitted or given suspended sentences.

The case was one of a spate of corruption cases involving the military that were exposed earlier this year as part of a government campaign to build clean politics and good governance.


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