FEELING INSECURE?Former presidents and vice presidents are entitled to a security detail for four years after their terms of office as a courtesy benefit
Date: Sep 11, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) yesterday accused former vice president Lien Chan (連戰) of abusing the state’s security resources by asking for a nine-strong security detail from the National Police Administration (NPA) after his four-year period of retirement benefits expired.
Under the 2007 amendments to the Act of Courtesy for Former Presidents and Vice Presidents (卸任總統副總統禮遇條例), Lien is entitled to four to eight guards for four years, but he continued to request a security detail after his benefits period ended in 2010, Chen said.
Lien requested — based on the “Regulations for Dispatching Security Guards for Central Government Chiefs and Special Individuals” (中央政府機關首長及特定人士安全警衛派檢作業規定) — a total of nine security guards, one more than allowed for retired vice presidents, on the grounds that his family has constantly received “blackmail letters and telephone calls” and because the 2010 “case where [his son] Sean Lien (連勝文) was shot has not been solved,” the lawmaker said. [FULL STORY]