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Paraguay official resigns after sexual misconduct claim in Taipei

2018/10/09 17:35:42

Andrew Lee (李憲章/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) Paraguay's immigration office chief has resigned allegedly over an accusation that he sexually harassed a woman in Taipei during his recent visit, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed Tuesday.

MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) confirmed that Vega has tendered his resignation and it was accepted by the country's Interior Minister Juan Ernesto Villamayor.

Lee told reporters that MOFA and its Paraguayan counterpart had been in close contact over the past few days over what he said was a regrettable incident.

Vega, who was in Taiwan last week on an international training program hosted by the National Immigration Agency (NIA), allegedly engaged in sexual harassment of an interpreter assigned to him and she filed a report with the Taipei District Prosecutor's Office on Oct. 5, the media reports said.

According to NIA, the woman later withdrew the complaint after she and Vega reached an agreement.

In a statement issued Monday, the NIA said Vega and the woman had resolved their "misunderstanding over the matter."

(By Joseph Yeh)