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Canadian-Taiwanese arrested in South Korea seeks return to Taiwan

2018/03/19 21:19:48

François Wu (吳志中)

Taipei, March 19 (CNA) A Canadian-Taiwanese man arrested in South Korea Friday for his alleged involvement in a 2006 murder in Canada has indicated he wants to be repatriated to Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.

According to a MOFA press release, officials from Taiwan's representative office in Seoul visited the suspect, surnamed Weng (翁), at an immigration detention facility at Seoul Incheon International Airport early Monday.

Weng was placed on Interpol's Red Notice after fleeing Canada where he remains a suspect in the murder of a Chinese national in 2006 in Vancouver. He entered South Korea on Friday and was later arrested after local authorities determined his identity.

Weng has dual Republic of China (Taiwan) and Canadian nationality.

According to MOFA, Weng told Taiwanese officials during the meeting he entered South Korea on a Republic of China (Taiwan) passport and wants to be sent back to Taiwan to face legal proceedings relating to the 2006 case.

Taiwanese officials conveyed Weng's wish to Korean immigration officials accordingly, the MOFA statement said.

In response, the Korean side informed their Taiwanese counterparts that they will collecting information on Weng and the 2006 case before deciding whether to repatriate him and to which country, according to the statement.

Taiwan's representative office in South Korea will continue to work closely with the South Korean authorities and prosecutors to ensure Weng's basic rights are protected, according to MOFA.

Commenting on the case earlier Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister François Wu (吳志中) said the ministry will do its best to ensure Weng is sent back and tried in Taiwan.

However, he also said it is likely South Korea will send Weng to Canada as that is where the alleged crime was committed.

Wu said if Seoul ultimately make that decision it will not impinge on R.O.C. sovereignty because the process will be conducted in accordance with international norms and related laws.

(By Joseph Yeh)