Two Taiwanese Soldiers have been taken into custody after they stole 6,000 medical masks instead of assisting in the production of masks during the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan.
In February, when Taiwan faced serious shortage of masks, the MND – Ministry of National Defense mobilized troops to help boost face mask production at the factories of Taiwan. Taipei City Reserve Command’s Lieutenant Colonel Li Chihchiao and a staff sergeant with the surname Chang, were among those recruited for the job.
This same month, Li got assigned to New Taipei City mask factory to help supervise and support the line of mask production. However, according to SET News, prosecutors revealed that Li linked up with Chang to steal 6,000 face masks in total.
On 10th August, the Office of the Taipei District Prosecutor ordered the MJIB – Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau to search their apartments and get the two Taiwanese soldiers arrested. After the Investigation Bureau officers questioned both men, they were then transferred to the Office of the Prosecutor to be investigated for corruption and stealing the assets of the public.
Prosecutors made a request to the court that both of them be held incommunicado because they believed there was a risk of collusion on their confessions.
The MND pledged to fully cooperate with prosecutors and pledged that if the men are found guilty, it would not be lenient, but rather will impose the most severe punishment. According to the Law Against Accepting Bribes Act, anyone who steals or embezzles public equipment or property could face a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.
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