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Court decision on extradition of British citizen put on hold

2015/06/24 23:01:40

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London, June 24 (CNA) The High Court of Justiciary in Scotland decided Wednesday to examine conditions at Taiwan's prisons before issuing its ruling on the extradition a British citizen, who was given a prison sentence in Taiwan.

A court session will be held in September to rule on the appeal that was filed by Zain Dean, a British citizen convicted of killing a Taiwanese man in a drunk driving accident in March 2010.

The court's decision to examine conditions in Taiwan's prisons implies that there will be no decision in the case any time soon, an attorney representing Taiwan said Wednesday.

Dean fled Taiwan in August 2012, using a friend's passport, after he was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison.

In June 2014, the Edinburgh Sheriff Court ruled that Dean, who had been living and working in Taiwan for years, should be extradited to Taiwan to serve his sentence but he appealed the decision in the High Court.

The presiding judge of the Sheriff Court ruled in favor of extradition to serve his sentence. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed that ruling, saying a positive precedent has been set for mutual judicial assistance between Taiwan and the U.K.

(By Jennifer Huang and Lee Hsin-Yin)