Taiwan man carpeted for snatching MP's rug

Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:14pm EST
 
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TAIPEI (Reuters) - A man was detained in Taiwan after snatching the wig of a member of parliament who had complained against the former president Chen Shui-bian's release from jail, officials said Tuesday.

Chiu Yi, a ruling Nationalist Party law-maker who has become a household name for his media-friendly offensives against the political opposition, lost his wig Monday outside the Control Yuan, a government watchdog for state worker conduct.

Chiu had complained to the Control Yuan about the judge who let Chen out of jail Saturday, pending trial, a Yuan publicist said. Chen was indicted a day earlier for graft, forgery and money laundering.

A Chen supporter grabbed Chiu's wig outside the building, baring a mostly bald head, the publicist and local media said. "It feels like someone pulled my pants down in public," Chiu was quoted telling reporters later.

Police at the Control Yuan arrested the wig snatcher but later released him on T$15,000 ($452) bail.

"With that kind of bail, it means the crime isn't too severe," the Control Yuan publicist said. "But it's unclear what the name of the crime should be called."

(Reporting by Ralph Jennings; Editing by)