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Military policemen punished for taking lewd photos: MND

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Several military police have been punished over obscene photos taken at an Air Force base in eastern Hualien County, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed yesterday.

“The MND expresses regret over the inappropriate behavior conducted by these military personnel,” military spokesman Luo Shou-he (羅紹和) told members of the media during a regular news briefing yesterday.

All the personnel involved in the case, including their superiors that were on duty when the incident occurred, have been punished with one to two demerits, Luo noted.

Luo made the remarks when asked to comment on the Chinese-language Apple Daily report yesterday that made public the incident.

According to the report, Military Police chief master sergeant surnamed Tien (田) and several other military police stationed at the Air Force's 401st Tactical Fighter Wing in eastern Hualien were found engaging in inappropriate behavior while on guard duty at the base in mid-June.

Photographs released by the newspaper show three near-naked soldiers, apparently drunk, using only their hands to cover their private parts, posing for photos at the military base.

Sources told the newspaper that the three were barbecuing and drinking alcohol when they were supposed to be standing guard at the base.

Commenting on the case, Luo yesterday said the Air Force's 401st Tactical Fighter Wing has conducted reviews on the case and handed out punishments to Tien and others involved in the case.

The MND will continue to beef up education of military personnel so that laws and regulations are followed to the letter.

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