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Ex-Navy officer completes prison term served in lieu of NT$200m fine

Ex-Navy officer completes prison term served in lieu of NT$200m fine

Taipei, June 23 (CNA) Former Navy Captain Kuo Li-heng, who was convicted on charges of taking kickbacks in a military procurement deal more than 20 years ago, was released Tuesday after serving a six-month prison sentence in lieu of a NT$200 million (US$6.48 million) fine.
In 1993, Kuo was sentenced to 20 years in prison in a corruption case involving the Navy's purchase of U.S.-made Osprey-class coastal minehunters.
Upon completing his 20-year prison term, Kuo was sentenced on April 16, 2014 by the Supreme Court to 15 years and a fine of NT$200 million for taking kickbacks in a deal to procure six Lafayette-class frigates for Taiwan's Navy.
As the Supreme Court decided to combine the two sentences, Kuo was exempted from serving the 15 year term because the Republic of China's Criminal Law rules that defendants cannot serve more than 20 years in combined sentences. Kuo, however, was still liable to the fine of NT$200 million, but he told the court he was unable to pay it.
After examining Kuo's assets, the court ruled that he should serve six months with hard labor in lieu of the fine because it was more than the value of his assets.
Under the country's laws, the maximum period of penal servitude is six months.
Kuo, 62, spent the time assembling paper boxes and cartons, a job that the local media calculated at a value of NT$1.11 million per day based on Kuo's fine of NT$200 million. (By H.H. Lu, H.C. Hao and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-04-15 18:23 GMT+08:00