Taipei, May 14 (CNA) A younger brother of Investigation Bureau chief Chang Ji-ping was involved in the embezzlement of public funds while serving under the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in 2002 but fled the country in 2006, an opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator said Monday.
Legislator Tuan Yi-kang said Chang Kao-ping sneaked out of the country via southern Taiwan in July 2006, at which time Chang Ji-ping was director of the bureau's Kaohsiung City branch.
The legislator expressed doubt that "such a coincidence had nothing to do with Chang Ji-ping."
He said that when the bureau investigated the secret accounts of the National Security Bureau (NSB) in 2002, it unearthed the embezzlement case masterminded by Chang Kao-ping, who was at that time an MND deputy director of accounting.
Tuan said the Shihlin District Prosecutors Office indicted Chang Kao-ping in September 2006, but he had been tipped off in advance and had fled the country two months earlier.
Tuan demanded that the NSB immediately set up a task force to find out if anyone helped Chang sneak away to Xiamen, in China's Fujian Province, and whether Chinese intelligence officials were involved.
He also asked how Chang Ji-ping could pursue other criminals who are on the run, knowing that his own brother is also on the wanted list.
In response, the Investigation Bureau said Chang Ji-ping is currently out of the country as part of his pre-arranged schedule, and could not comment directly on the matter.
The bureau stressed that the case has been turned over to the relevant authorities and said there has been no cover-up.
According to the bureau's records, Chang Kao-ping retired from his post In August 2006 and emigrated to Canada in 2007.
It said that the older brother, Chang Ji-ping was transferred to the bureau's training committee in 2006 to serve as a deputy director and that his job had nothing to do with anything related to the business of his younger brother.
(By Justine Su, Liu Shih-yi and Lilian Wu)