Presidency denies role in scandal

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 27, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Following new developments in a duty-free cigarette smuggling scandal, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英

Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang speaks to reporters at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

文) yesterday said that it is time to root out illicit practices that have long been a part of the nation’s bureaucracy, while the Presidential Office said that a preliminary investigation has produced no evidence of wrongdoing by mid to high-level officials.

Tsai said that she has entrusted the judiciary and new National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) to investigate the case, and demanded that mismanagement and disciplinary problems found at China Airlines (中華航空), the Airport Police Bureau and national security agencies be corrected.

“We will respect the results of the investigation and all infractions found must be rectified,” Tsai said.

“We have to face these illicit practices that have accumulated within the bureaucracy for many years,” she said. “Now that they have been exposed, they must be fixed.”

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