Taiwan protests deportation of 32 from Malaysia to China

(From Taipei Times)

Taiwan has lodged a formal protest against Malaysia for deporting 32 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China.

Chinese police officers escort 32 Taiwanese off a China Southern Airlines airplane at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport last night after they were deported from Malaysia

Chinese police officers escort 32 Taiwanese off a China Southern Airlines airplane at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said the 32 people were taken to China on Saturday aboard a plane sent by Beijing.

Presidential Office spokesman Charles Chen said President Ma Ying-jeou, hoping to ensure the rights of the 32 Taiwanese, directed Premier Simon Chang to convene meetings with Cabinet members and send a delegation to collect evidence and clarify details of the case.

The mainland affairs council and the ministry of justice have been directed to communicate with China in a timely fashion, Chen added.

The 32 people deported to China were among a group of 52 Taiwanese who were arrested in Malaysia last month on suspicion of telecommunications fraud targeting people in China.

Twenty other Taiwanese suspects were sent back to Taiwan on April 15 at Taipei’s request. However, controversy erupted as the 20 were released shortly after returning to Taiwan.  Read More



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