Ex-chief investigator gets 16-month jail sentence
CNATAIPEI--Former Investigation Bureau Director-General Yeh Sheng-mao (葉盛茂) was sentenced to 16 months in prison yesterday for concealing government documents and was banned from leaving the country.
February 7, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The Supreme Court handed down the final ruling after rejecting an appeal of a High Court decision last year that reduced Yeh's prison sentence from three years and nine months to 16 months.
Yeh was convicted of concealing confidential information about irregularities involving former President Chen Shui-bian, who is now imprisoned on corruption charges.
According to the court document, Yeh was found to have withheld confidential information provided by the Egmond Group of Financial Intelligence Units in December 2006 and other relevant information in January 2008, which was all related to suspected money laundering overseas by Chen's family.
Yeh was found to have not only concealed the documents, but also leaked the information to Chen, the court said.
In addition, Yeh was also found to have leaked information to opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ker Chien-ming in April 2008 in an investigation into Ker's alleged involvement in an illegal mining operation in the eastern county of Hualien, the court document said.
In the first trial of the case in 2008, Yeh was convicted on charges of profiteering and sentenced to eight years and six months in prison. He was also given a sentence of two years and six months in prison for leaking confidential information. The two sentences were later combined into a 10-year prison term.