Police chief quits
National Police Agency chief Cho Hyun-oh resigned yesterday following public fury at a bungled case in which a woman was raped and murdered after frantically calling police for help. Cho said he would step down to “take all responsibility ... for unpardonable carelessness” by the police and asked the victim’s family for forgiveness. “I express my deepest regret at the police’s negligence which had such a horrendous result and attempts to cover it up with lies,” Cho told a press conference. The dismembered body of the 28-year-old woman was found on Monday last week in Suwon about 13 hours after she had called the police emergency number from her home. She gave police a detailed location for her home before the intruder broke in on the evening of April 1. Police admitted miscommunication between the emergency call center and officers on duty, as well as bureaucratic shortcomings, which led them to search the wrong area for hours.
Six dead in checkpost raid
About 20 militants attacked a military checkpost in the northwest near the Afghan border, sparking a clash that left two soldiers and four militants dead, an official said yesterday. The attack was beaten off when troops responded with artillery and heavy weapons, a senior paramilitary Frontier Corps official said. “More than 20 militants attacked a Frontier Corps checkpost in the Khapiyanga area of Lower Kurram tribal region on Sunday night, which triggered a firefight, killing two soldiers and four rebels,” the official said.
Student ban to be lifted
Lawmakers are expected to approve a plan allowing university students to join political parties. Higher Education Minister Khaled Noordin yesterday tabled a proposal for legal amendments that would lift a decades-old ban on the involvement of university students in politics and allow them to participate in political activities not conducted on campus.Lawmakers are expected to debate and endorse the amendments soon.
NLD leader to take seat
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will take her seat in parliament for the first time on April 23, her party said yesterday. The veteran dissident’s National League for Democracy (NLD), which won 43 seats in April 1 by-elections, will be the main opposition in a national parliament dominated by the military and its political allies. NLD spokesman Nyan Win said the Nobel laureate would travel to the capital Naypyidaw by April 22 in time to attend a new session of the lower house the following day. Parliament has been in recess since March 23.
Two held over bombings
Police have detained two suspects over bombings on Palawan that wounded three people, a police spokeswoman said yesterday. Two blasts went off nearly simultaneously on Thursday outside a hotel in the El Nido beach resort and a bus depot in the provincial capital Puerto Princesa at the start of peak Easter tourist holiday season. Two suspects were arrested on Sunday, Palawan police spokeswoman Inspector Grace Gomba told reporters. “At first they were reluctant to talk, but they are now cooperating with the police,” she added, without elaborating. The motive for the attack has not been established, and police declined to identify the detained suspects.