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Taiwan officials arrive in Beijing to discuss fraud suspects

2016/04/20 20:33:11

Chen Wen-chi, director of the Department of International and Cross-Strait Legal Affairs under the Ministry of Justice.

Beijing, April 20 (CNA) A 10-member delegation from Taiwan, led by a senior justice ministry official, arrived in Beijing Wednesday at noon to hold discussions with Chinese officials about the detention of 43 Taiwanese suspects in a cross-border telecom fraud operation.

Before departing for Beijing, Chen Wen-chi (陳文琪), leader of the delegation and director of the Department of International and Cross-Strait Legal Affairs under the Ministry of Justice, said she hoped to reach a deal with China on a joint investigation into allegations that the 45 Taiwanese nationals, who were deported from Kenya, had been targeting Chinese citizens.

The delegation will also visit the suspects, who are being held in Beijing's Haidian District, Chen said.

She said she would like to make sure that the Taiwanese suspects were being accorded legal rights in China's judicial process.

As of Wednesday evening, however, the Taiwanese officials had not met with the 45 suspects.

Chen's delegation is hoping to bring back the suspects to stand trial in Taiwan, under the terms of an existing agreement between Taiwan and China on joint crime fighting and mutual judicial assistance.

The delegation is scheduled to return to Taiwan on Friday.

(By Lawrence Chiu and S.C. Chang)
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