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Government confirms wanted U.S. fugitive in Taiwan

2018/09/20 14:08:14

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Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) Taiwanese authorities confirmed Thursday that an American citizen accused of sexual assault on a child in Texas is currently in Taiwan.

Cody Wilson, the owner of a company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns who is wanted on an arrest warrant accusing him of sex with an underage girl, has left the U.S. and was last known to be in Taiwan, investigators in Texas said Wednesday.

Austin Police Commander Troy Officer told reporters that the department was working with national and international law enforcement to locate Wilson.

In response, Taiwan's National Immigration Agency (NIA) confirmed Thursday that Wilson is currently in Taiwan. In a statement, the NIA said that according to past practice, the U.S. side normally informs the Taiwanese authorities beforehand.

But in this case, the NIA said it only received notice earlier Thursday. According to Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), the suspect entered Taiwan earlier this month.

The NIA said it will locate Wilson's whereabouts.

Once the U.S. side applies for judicial assistance, the relevant government authorities in Taiwan will be responsible for processing the application, it added.

CIB International Criminal Affairs Division Director Kan Yen-min (甘炎民), meanwhile, said the CIB has received no intelligence from the U.S. side regarding the suspect.

Interpol, the international organization that facilitates international police cooperation, has also not issued a warrant for the suspect.

Kan said the CIB will continue to obtain more information about the case.

(By Joseph Yeh)