Taiwan intel chief quits over agent's cigarette smuggling

China | 23 Jul 2019 3:03 pm

Taiwan's top intelligence agency chief and the chief aide-de-camp to the president were both forced to leave their respective posts late yesterday over a cigarette-smuggling scandal.
This came after a special service agent who accompanied President Tsai Ing-wen during her just-concluded state visit to Taiwan's Caribbean allies allegedly smuggled NT$6 million (US$191,418)-worth of cigarettes into Taiwan, CNA reports.
National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Peng Sheng-chu resigned. It has been approved by Tsai, the Presidential Office said in a press release.
Meanwhile, Chang Chieh, the chief aide-de-camp to the president, has been demoted and will be transferred to another post, it added.
Peng's deputy Ko Cheng-heng and Chang's deputy, Liu Hui-chien have been named as acting NSB chief and acting chief aide-de-camp to the president, the office said.
The two left their respective posts to take responsibility for a scandal that broke earlier in the day in which an NSB special service agent was removed from his post pending an investigation into the alleged smuggling.
Although listed under the NSB, the suspect, surnamed Wu, currently works under Chang at the Presidential Office.
Customs said they received a tipoff that the suspect had ordered the cigarettes at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and kept them in a warehouse of a China Airlines-affiliated onboard catering services company. 

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