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Beijing to deliver verdicts in Taiwanese fraud case

2017/12/20 16:30:48

Beijing, Dec. 19 (CNA) A Beijing court is set to hand down judgments Thursday on an international telecom fraud case involving 44 Taiwanese suspects who were deported from Kenya to China.

They will be the first verdicts to be delivered on cases involving Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects deported from other countries to China.

A total of 85 suspects stood trial in Beijing July 18-20 in a cross-border telecom fraud case, including the 44 Taiwanese nationals, who were arrested in Kenya and extradited to China in April 2016, according to the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court.

Thirty-five of the suspects were accused of carrying out fraud in Indonesia from June to November 2014 before traveling to Kenya. The other 50 operated in Kenya from June 2015 to April 2016.

The 85 suspects pleaded guilty to cheating 185 victims in China out of more than 29 million Chinese yuan (US$4.39 million), China's state news agency Xinhua reported in July.

The verdict announcements will be open to some of Taiwanese media stationed in Beijing.

A diplomatic row flared up between Taiwan and China over a big increase in deportations to China of Taiwanese nationals suspected of telecom fraud.

Since 2016, Beijing has insisted on the deportations to China of more than 200 Taiwanese nationals from several countries, including Kenya, Malaysia, Cambodia, Armenia, Vietnam and Indonesia, for alleged telecom fraud.

In a recent case, a Spanish court ordered last week the deportation of 121 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China at the request of the Chinese government.

(By Ozzy Yin and Evelyn Kao)