Deported diplomat Liu takes family leave: MOFA


TAIPEI–A Taiwanese diplomat who pleaded guilty in the United States to labor fraud has filed for family leave after being deported back to Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

Jacqueline Liu, a former director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City, is entitled to seven days of family leave within three months of returning to Taiwan, said MOFA spokesman James Chang.

The 64-year-old diplomat arrived in Taipei a day earlier after being deported by a federal court on the labor fraud charges. She reported to a 2 1/2-hour investigative interview at the ministry that same day.

Before any punitive measures are announced, Liu is “on home assignment” and is required to follow the same clock in/clock out system as used by any other government employee, he added.

The ministry is processing a comprehensive investigative report and will update the public on issues such as alleged maid abuse, in due time, he said, refusing to divulge any more about the details of the interview.

Chang noted that the ministry is maintaining a stance of fairness toward Liu’s case and will not cover up for the diplomat’s behavior if she is proved to have violated any local laws.