Taiwan man nabbed over HK celebrity nude photos
Thu, Feb 21, 2008

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - A TAIWANESE man has been arrested for allegedly distributing obscene photographs of Hong Kong celebrities that have attracted 140,000 Internet viewers, police here said on Thursday.

Huang Wei Lun, 24, was suspected of posting explicit photos and videos in his blog featuring Hong Kong actor-singer Edison Chen and instructing net surfers how to download the images, the police said.

Huang, arrested on Wednesday at his parents' tool factory in Taipei county, admitted to downloading some 400 photos from a Chinese website and regretted spreading them, the local United Daily News said.

If convicted, he faces a maximum two-year prison term in addition to a fine of 30,000 Taiwan dollars (S$31,340), the police said.

'Posting and spreading obscene photos and videos is a criminal act and the police urge Internet users not to defy the law or satisfy their curiosity on other people's suffering,' the Criminal Investigation Bureau said in a statement.

The photos of Chen with at least seven stars - including Cantopop singer Gillian Chung, actress Cecilia Cheung and former actress Bobo Chan - began appearing last month on the Internet.

Mr Chen has been romantically linked to all three in the past. Media reports say the photos were copied from Chen's computer when he sent it in for repairs.

Hong Kong police have made several arrests linked to the case, but have faced criticism that they have been over-zealous. A charge against one Hong Kong man detained over the photos was dropped last week. -- AFP


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