MND confirms ex-head of Defense Mission in U.S. failed lie detector
Central News Agency
2014-07-28 10:44 PM
Taipei, July 28 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday confirmed that a former director of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Defense Mission in the United States has failed lie-detector tests in May, but it denied a newspaper report that he has been allowed to retire early. The statement came after the United Evening News reported that Army Maj. Gen. Li Hsien-sheng has been kept in Taiwan since he returned in March because he did not pass the tests, which are required for military personnel being stationed overseas. The tests are meant to check if a subject has had contact with "inappropriate people," including Chinese nationals and foreign spies, according to the report. It wrote that Li's results raised concerns because he was a trusted aide of former Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu and has access to sensitive information on Taiwan-U.S. military exchanges and arms sales. The MND responded later in the day, acknowledging that Li failed his tests but saying the report of his early retirement was "not true." The ministry's statement said that it is still examining why Li failed the polygraph tests in May, but said that he has been replaced as head of the Defense Mission by Navy Rear Adm. Yang Ta-wei based on "relevant regulations." MND spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he explained that Li received the tests in mid-May while returning to Taiwan for the tests, and said the results could have been affected by many factors including his physical or mental condition and medication. He stressed that failing to pass the test does not necessarily mean the subject lied. The MND is continuing to investigate, he added. Li took office as director of the Defense Mission in the U.S. in January 2012. He was removed from the post in June and now serves at the Army Command Headquarters, according to the ministry. (By Kelven Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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