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Exhibition on history of ROC military police kicks off

2018/01/16 12:36:09

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) An exhibition on the history of the Republic of China's military police, which showcases the 86-year-old military branch's legacy, opened in Taipei on Tuesday.

At a ceremony celebrating the opening of the show titled "Fidelity of Military Police," Military Police Command chief Hsu Chang (許昌) highlighted the history of the ROC military police, which was established in 1932 by former President Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石).

"Military police have played important roles in ROC history since then, and it was due to our predecessors' sacrifices that we are able to have such a solid foundation today," he said.

Military police are currently responsible for keeping the president safe with its Military Police 202nd Command near the Presidential Office as well as carrying out counter-terrorism operations.

The Military Police Command also has a Forensic Science Center and a military working dog wing, both of which are unique in the ROC's Armed Forces, according to the unit. The Republic of China is Taiwan's official name.

The exhibition, which runs until June 15, is the first to be held at the Armed Forces Museum near Ximending since it was closed after one of its exhibits, a Japanese sword, was stolen by an intruder in August 2017.

The sword was used by 51-year-old Lu Chun-yi (呂軍億) to attack a military police officer standing guard outside the Presidential Office on Aug. 18, 2017.

During the attack, Lu was overpowered by other guards before he could reach the Presidential Office building. Police later found a People's Republic of China flag in his bag.

Lu had previously told prosecutors his main intention was to kill President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and "was prepared to attack anyone else if they tried to get in my way."

The prosecution is seeking a seven-year jail term for Lu, according to an indictment issued by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office in October 2017.

Military spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) said Tuesday that the military has beefed up the museum's security since the incident.

The Japanese sword is still being kept by Taipei prosecutors as evidence, but when it is returned to the museum, it will not immediately go on display, Chen said.

(By Joseph Yeh)