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Lu's bodyguard fired over controversial photos

Lu's bodyguard fired over controversial photos

The Presidential Office yesterday said it had handed out harsh punishment to a member of Vice President Annette Lu's (呂秀蓮) security personnel who had taken inappropriate pictures of a female staffer inside the Presidential Office.
Local media yesterday ran headline reports about Chang Wen-pin, a lieutenant colonel who served as Lu's bodyguard for eight years, who last month used his mobile phone and secretly took shots of a female staff member using a bathroom at the Presidential Office. The reports said the female was shocked when she discovered that Chang was photographing her, and she immediately reported the matter to her supervisor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), deputy secretary-general of the Presidential Office, who at once reported the matter to Lu.
Presidential Office Spokesman Lee Nan-yang yesterday told the press that the office felt distressed when it was notified of Chang's act. "Chang was relieved from his post as Lu's bodyguard on the day of the incident. The office gave him a major demerit, and he was asked to leave the military by the end of this month. The office is using the strictest standards to review the case," Lee said.
He stressed that Taiwan has to establish an environment of gender equity and that women should be respected in every workplace. When asked by reporters whether Chang should face charges under military law, Lee said that the matter would be left to the National Security Bureau (國安局) to decide.
Local cable news station ETTV reported that Chang, who was set to be promoted to captain on January 1, 2008, is married and has two kids, but his affection for the female staff member led to the lapse in judgment. The report said Lu, as the first female vice president in Taiwan's history, was stunned when the incident was reported to her and could not believe her long-time bodyguard was involved in such an inappropriate action. Lu was furious and gave orders to dole out harsh punishment to Chang, the report said.
Photographing other people's private parts in public carries a penalty of up to three years in prison under current civil law. If Chang is tried under military law, he could receive a longer sentence and will face public prosecution.


Updated : 2021-05-06 21:57 GMT+08:00