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S. Korean police chief offers resignation

(Xinhua)

14:15, April 09, 2012

SEOUL, April 9 (Xinhua) -- South Korean police chief offered his resignation on Monday amid mounting public criticism over the police's slow response to an emergency call made by a murder victim.

Cho Hyun-oh, commissioner of the National Police Agency (NPA), made public apology for the police's "carelessness" that led to the horrendous death of a 28-year-old woman after being kidnapped and raped in Suwon, a city 30 kilometers south of Seoul.

Cho said he took the blame or responsibility as the national police chief and offered to step down.

The police have come under fire for failing to respond promptly when an emergency call was made from the victim with a detailed description of where she was being held.

The body of the victim was found at the house of the murder suspect, a 42-year-old man surnamed Woo, on April 2, 13 hours after she called the police for help.

President Lee Myung-bak is poised to accept the resignation, local media reported.

"I think President Lee is going to take the resignation," Yonhap news agency quoted an official from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae as saying. "However, the timing of his departure will be decided after Wednesday's parliamentary elections."

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