Former MJIB head found not guilty for info leak
The China Post news staff
October 25, 2012, 12:10 am TWN
The China Post news staff--The Taipei District Court (台北地檢署) yesterday found former Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Justice (MJIB, 調查局) Director-General Yeh Sheng-mao (葉盛茂) not guilty of disclosing information about a money-laundring investigation to former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
Taipei District Prosecutors Office spokesman Huang Mo-hsin (黃謀信) stated that prosecutors will decide whether to appeal after carefully studying the court's complete findings.
Yeh thanked the court for making "the right judgment."
Prosecutors had argued that Yeh leaked information connected to the money-laundring investigation conducted by the High Prosecutors Office (高檢署) to Chen, then in his second term, in December 2006.
The leaked information allegedly included that Egmont Group had informed the MJIB that Wu Ching-mao (吳景茂), the brother of Chen's wife Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), had properties on Jersey Island.
During the trial Yeh admitted that he reported the information to the president, which was in accordance with his duties. He, however, emphasized that he did not know the president was also involved in the case.
Yeh's attorney stated during the trial that the information provided by Egmont Group did not include information concerning money laundring.
The judge agreed with the attorney's argument, finding that Chen was not the person mentioned in the Egmont information. Yeh was unlikely to know that Chen was the suspect in the money-laundring case from the leaked data and thus is not guilty, the court ruled.
Yeh was previously convicted in another case for leaking investigation information about Sanjhan mine (三棧礦場) to current Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘). Ker was sentenced to two years and six months. He was released on parole in September.