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Court rules against Zain Dean extradition to Taiwan

2016/09/23 23:16:14

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London, Sept. 23 (CNA) The High Court of Justiciary in Scotland ruled Friday that a British citizen sentenced to a jail term in Taiwan for a hit-and-run accident that left a man dead should not be extradited to Taiwan to serve his sentence.

The ruling overturned a previous finding by the Edinburgh Sheriff Court in June 2014 that the Briton, Zain Dean, should be sent back to Taiwan to face justice.

David Lin (林永樂), Taiwan's representative to the United Kingdom, told CNA that he regretted the high court's ruling, but he stressed that the government will not give up and will continue to work to have Dean extradited.

Dean was sentenced by the Taiwan High Court to four years in jail after being convicted in July 2012 of hitting and killing a newspaper delivery man, Huang Chun-teh (黃俊德), while driving under the influence of alcohol in March 2010.

He was supposed to begin serving his sentence in 2012, but he fled the country that same year in August using the passport of a British friend.

Though he has not been extradited to Taiwan, and has been detained in Britain, he will have served three years in prison there as of Oct. 17.

The court also granted Dean parole on condition that he hand over his passport to the court and reports to police every week but said that Dean could not be released at present because he is involved in another case -- Taiwan has made a second request to extradite him back to Taiwan for trial.

In Taipei, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it will appeal the case to the end.

Huang Kuo-an (黃國安), the victim's 71-year-old father, questioned how justice could be upheld even if Dean were sent back to Taiwan because the British national no longer had any assets under his name in Taiwan.

(By Jennifer Huang and Lilian Wu)
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