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Solider spying on women to be expelled from Army

TAIPEI -- A soldier caught spying on female colleagues with hidden cameras at the Army Commander Headquarters will be expelled, according to a general.

Lt. Gen. Tseng You-fu, the chief in charge of political warfare for the Army, apologized and expressed his deep sorrow for the scandal during a news conference at the Army Command Headquarters in Taoyuan County on Sunday.

He said the 22-year-old soldier, with the surname Hung, who had worked at a private detective agency before entering the Army as a volunteer soldier, was found installing hidden cameras in ladies bathrooms and other places used by women at the headquarters.

One of the cameras in the bathroom drew the attention of a woman officer in July, as it emitted a flashing light. She reported her discovery to her superiors and an inspector called in military police, who apprehended Hung that same night as the soldier entered the bathroom to remove the camera, said Tseng.

Military police also found cameras disguised as cloth hooks and pens in Hung's personal possession, and in an ensuing search of his house in Xinzhuang, New Taipei City, discovered videos of undressed women soldiers, though there is no evidence that Hung has burned his videos onto discs or sold any images, said Tseng.

In addition to referring Hung to prosecutors for further investigation, the general said the Army is going to discharge Hung once he is found guilty of criminal offences by a court.

Tseng said the scandal has highlighted the flawed security monitoring for electronic devices at the Army Commander Headquarters, though the Army has since improved security measures.

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