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Corruption suspected in Clouded Leopard deal

Corruption suspected in Clouded Leopard deal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At least 59 people were being questioned by prosecutors Thursday evening in an investigation into corruption surrounding the military’s purchase of Clouded Leopard armored vehicles.
The Taichung District Prosecutors Office suspected that the local subcontractors and manufacturers of the vehicles, officially known as the Taiwan Infantry Fighting Vehicle, had been supplying substandard parts and systems, reports said.
The eight-wheel armored cars, also known as CM-32, have been produced locally since 2012, though they were originally designed by Ireland’s Timoney Technology Ltd.
The total deal was worth NT$7.8 billion (US$252 million), but the manufacturer won the tender for the construction with a NT$4.8 billion (US$155 million) bid, reports said.
At least 19 prosecutors led more than 200 investigators to search three companies and an estimated 37 sites in Central and Northern Taiwan Thursday morning. One of the locations the investigators were interested in was the No.209 factory of the Ministry of National Defense’s Armaments Bureau in the Nantou County town of Jiji, reports said.
A total of at least 59 individuals were summoned for questioning at a Taichung office beginning during the afternoon.
The Ministry of National Defense said it would cooperate with the investigation.
The military reportedly ordered a total of 1,400 Clouded Leopard armored vehicles.


Updated : 2021-09-28 22:32 GMT+08:00