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Canadian-Taiwanese man wanted for murder arrested in South Korea

2018/03/18 16:16:28

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Taipei, March 18 (CNA) A Canadian-Taiwanese man on an Interpol wanted list on murder charges has been arrested in South Korea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday.

MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said that Taiwan's representative office in Seoul received notice from a South Korean travel agency Saturday about the arrest of the man, surnamed Weng (翁). The office later confirmed the arrest.

According to Lee, Weng was arrested after he fled Canada on suspicion of murdering a Chinese national in 2006 in Vancouver.

He was then placed on Interpol's Red Notice, which seeks the location and arrest of a person wanted by a judicial jurisdiction with a view to his/her extradition, in this case, Canada.

Weng is currently being detained at a South Korean immigration detention center, pending a decision on whether and where to repatriate him to. Weng has dual nationality, with both Republic of China (Taiwan) and Canadian nationality.

Lee said Taiwan's representative office in Vancouver has also been in contact with the authorities there to learn more about Weng's arrest.

Taiwan's representative office in South Korea will work closely with the South Korean authorities and prosecutors and might visit Weng in the detention center in case there is a need to protect his basic rights, according to Lee.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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