Cabinet official Chiou Jiunn-rong resigns over leg photo incident

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Deputy Minister Chiou Jiunn-rong was found allegedly taking photos of a woman's legs with his mobile phone.

Taipei, July 8 (CNA)-A senior Cabinet official resigned from his post Sunday after he was found allegedly taking photos of a woman’s legs with his mobile phone at a Taipei MRT station a day earlier. In a statement, Deputy Minister Chiou Jiunn-rong (邱俊榮) of the National Development Council (NDC,國家發展委員會), issued an apology over the incident, which he previously termed an honest mistake as he accidently took the photos of “a view of the woman’s back” while he was trying to call one of his friends at the MRT Ximen Station a day earlier.

He said he immediately deleted the photos and apologized to the lady in question.

National Development Council (NDC) Deputy Minister Chiou Jiunn-rong (邱俊榮).

But since the incident has already caused controversy and affected the operation of the Cabinet, Chiou said he tendered his resignation, pending a further probe. The resignation has been approved by NDC Minister Chen Mei-ling (陳美伶).

Chiou’s resignation came after a netizen identified the NDC deputy as a suspect who allegedly took several photos of a woman’s legs at the metro station, on an online discussion page, the Baoliao Commune (爆料公社).

The woman found out about the suspect’s alleged misconduct and demanded that the person delete the photos, according to the netizen.

Meanwhile, Taipei police said that the victim reported the case to a police station at Ximending (西門町) and that the police will summon the suspect to clarify the accusation made against him. They said they were also checking CCTV footage from the station for further information.