Punishments expand in Apache scandal

The China Post
Date: April 8, 2015
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Military officials announced the expansion of the wave of disciplinary actions

Premier Mao Chi-kuo, left, and Deputy Defense Minister Liu Chen-wu (劉震武) 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. (CNA)

Premier Mao Chi-kuo, left, and Deputy Defense Minister Liu Chen-wu (劉震武) 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. (CNA)

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

Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesperson Luo Shou-he (羅紹和) revealed in a morning press conference that Army Special Forces (航特部) 601 Brigade Commander Maj. Gen. Chien Tsung-yuan (簡聰淵) 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 (勞乃成) on Feb. 22 and March 29. Including Chien and Lao, prosecutors are now seeking charges against 14 individuals involved in the scandal.     [FULL  STORY]

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