Agency stiffens penalties
Public servants found drunk-driving could be dismissed from their posts if a case is deemed to be serious, the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration said yesterday. The agency called a meeting with related government agencies to draw up rules to punish offending public servants as part of efforts to prevent drinking and driving. The most severe punishment for public servants involved in drunk-driving will be two major demerits that can lead to dismissal. Public servants who drink and drive, but stay under the drink driving limit, will receive two reprimands. They will receive one demerit or one major demerit if they fail an alcohol test or are caught twice in five years. In addition, each government agency can have its own rules, including the regulation currently applied to military personnel and police that superiors be held liable for their immediate subordinates drunk-driving.
Student released on bail
The Taipei District Court yesterday released a Turkish student on bail of NT$200,000 (US$6,680) after he was accused of trying to sexually assault a student he met online after filming bedroom trysts with dozens of women. The court banned the man, identified by his Chinese surname, Wang (王), from moving from his current residence and from leaving the country. Wang must also report to the Taipei City Police’s Zhongshan Precinct (中山分局) every Tuesday and Thursday evening during the investigation. Investigators said they found 29 video files on Wang’s mobile phone and computer showing him having sex with different women. Wang said he never forced any woman to have sex and that he filmed the encounters for his own viewing, adding that he had “made copies of the tapes for the women.”