CAL’s possible role in cigarette smuggling to be probed: minister

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/23
By: Chen Chun-hua and Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said Tuesday that an investigation

Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍/CNA file photo)

will conducted into China Airlines' (CAL's) role in a cigarette smuggling scandal allegedly involving National Security Bureau (NSB) officials.

"Yesterday, I asked CAL to start an administrative investigation and cooperate with prosecutors in the case to determine whether there was any negligence on the part of the airline," Lin said.

He said the investigation will not be limited to the current case, which was uncovered Monday, but rather will examine whether the smuggling had been going on for a while.

Lin was referring to a case in which two NSB agents were taken into custody Tuesday for allegedly smuggling 9,800 cartons of cigarettes, worth NT$6 million (US$191,418), into Taiwan under the cover of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) return the previous day from an overseas trip.

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