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Murdered Taiwanese diplomat to be honored with government medal

2012/05/23 16:39:44

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) A Taiwanese diplomat who was killed in the Dominican Republic in April will be honored with a government medal to honor her long-term efforts in overseas compatriot affairs, according to the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission Wednesday.

Julia Ou, a second secretary at the Republic of China (Taiwan) embassy in the Caribbean country who had been there for more than a year, was found stabbed to death on the morning of April 17 local time after failing to show up at work.

The commission said in a press release that the Executive Yuan decided on May 16 to honor Ou, who was 55 when she died, with a second-class Exemplary Medal in gratitude for her devotion to overseas compatriot affairs.

Ou's family will be presented the medal at a ceremony scheduled for Friday, and the commission will also play a video it prepared of her working and daily life in her memory.

Several officials with the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with overseas compatriots and Ou's family and friends, have prepared speeches to honor the Taiwanese diplomat.

(By Chen Pei-huang and Nell Shen)