The Malaysian government will send 32 more Taiwanese phone fraud suspects back to Taiwan, despite Beijing’s request to have them deported to mainland China, the Central News Agency (CNA) reported on Saturday from Kuala Lumpur, citing remarks by Malaysian officials.
In line with the move, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issued a statement on Saturday evening saying its officials have been engaged in intensive negotiations with Malaysia to press the nation to repatriate the remaining 32 suspects to Taiwan for prosecution.
A Chinese spokesman criticized Taiwan after the self-ruled island released 20 fraud suspects just one day after they were deported from Malaysia, citing a lack of evidence.
China and Taiwan have been tussling over which side would prosecute an international ring of Taiwanese who allegedly targeted hundreds of mainland Chinese in telephone scams.
Malaysia authorities on Friday deported 20 suspects despite protests from China, which claims jurisdiction because its citizens were victimized.
The spokesman for the Chinese State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office An Fengshan said Saturday that Taiwan had “disregarded many victims’ interests and harmed them a second time” after releasing the suspects, and urged Taiwan to “immediately rectify their mistakes,” according to a statement on the office’s website.
An said releasing the suspects harmed the two sides’ years-long cooperation on criminal investigations and called on Taiwan to “prevent greater damage to the development of cross-Strait relations.” Read More