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S. Korea's Police Chief Quits Over Bungling Rape Victim's Call

South Korea's police chief offered to step down on Monday, days after police were flayed for not properly responding to a rape victim's emergency phone call before she was killed by her rapist.

National Police Agency (NPA) Commissioner Cho Hyun-oh issued an apology saying thast he was quitting office taking responsibility for the tragic incident.

"I express my condolences to the victim's family and ask for forgiveness. I blame myself for the carelessness of the police and the horrendous results it led to. I also express my heartfelt apology for causing disappointment to the people through the police's attempt to cover up (the case) and their lies," he said in the apology.

South Korea's official news agency Yonhap reported that President Lee Myung-bak would accept Cho's resignation.

"I think President Lee is going to accept the resignation," the report said quoting a presidential aid. However, the timing of Cho's departure would be decided only after Wednesday's general elections, he added.

The dismembered body of the 28-year-old woman was found in the morning of April 2 in the city of Suwon, south of Seoul, about 13 hours after she had called the police emergency number from her home to report a rape attempt. A recording of the phone call revealed that she had told the police the exact location where she was being raped.

Police admitted miscommunication between the emergency call center and officers on duty as well as bureaucratic bunglings, which led them to search the wrong area for hours.

Police have since arrested a 42-year-old Korean-Chinese man, surnamed Woo, as a suspect in the case.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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