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U.K. supreme court rejects ruling against Dean's extradition to Taiwan

2017/06/28 22:36:06

Zain Dean (CNA file photo)

London, June 28 (CNA) The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom said on Wednesday it unanimously rejected an earlier ruling by a high court in Scotland 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.

In a statement, the Supreme Court said that it unanimously rejected the respondent's challenge to the competency of the appeal and remitted the case to the appeal court to deal with the respondent's appeal against the extradition order.

Wednesday's ruling came after the Lord Advocate on behalf of Taiwanese judicial authorities appealed a ruling by the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland in September 2016 that the Briton, Zain Dean, should not be extradited to Taiwan to serve his sentence.

The high court in Scotland also granted Dean parole on condition that he hand over his passport to the court and report to police every week.

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

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 while driving under the influence of alcohol in March 2010.

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

Though he has not been extradited to Taiwan, he has remained in custody for almost three years after being arrested in Scotland in October 2013.

Dean's arrest came just one day after Taiwan and the U.K. signed a memorandum of understanding on his extradition.

In Taipei, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that it welcomed the decision by the U.K. supreme court, expressing hope that Dean will be extradited to face justice.

(By Elaine Hou and Tai Ya-chen)