CAL removes 2 executives involved in smuggling scandal

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/26
By: Lin Chang-shun and Lee Hsin-Yin

Lo Ya-mei (羅雅美, left) and Chiu Chang-hsin (邱彰信)/Photo courtesy of China Airlines

Taipei, July 26 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL) on Friday removed two executives involved in a cigarette smuggling scandal from their current positions and put other employees under administrative investigation.

Senior Vice President Lo Ya-mei (羅雅美) was transferred to executive assistant to the chairman, while Chiu Chang-hsin (邱彰信), vice president of the department responsible for duty-free product sales, was reassigned as a senior specialist to the president.

CAL said Lo and Chiu were supervising the latest presidential overseas trip, which was used by National Security Bureau (NSB) officials as cover to allegedly smuggle 9,800 cartons of cigarettes, worth NT$6 million (US$191,418), into Taiwan on July 22.

Tsai flew a China Airlines flight on a 12-day trip that took her to the United States and Taiwan's four Caribbean allies.    [FULL  STORY]

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