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Taiwanese fraud suspects in Thailand to be sent to China: official
【Society】2017-07-23  20:28:13
Bangkok, July 23 (CNA) Thailand has decided to send 44 recently arrested fraud suspects, including 25 Taiwanese, to China after their trial, Thai immigration authorities said Sunday

Nathathorn Prousoontorn, head of Thailand's Immigration Bureau, said at a press conference that the 44 suspected members of a telecom fraud ring had been arrested last week in a joint effort between Thai and Chinese police.

He said the suspects were part of a fraud ring that stretched from Thailand to Myanmar and Cambodia, working to defraud mainland Chinese nationals. Investigators in the case are still trying to determine how much money the ring managed to swindle, Nathathorn said.

He declined to respond to a question by the CNA reporter on why the Thai government was not following precedent and deporting the 25 Taiwanese suspects to Taiwan and the 19 Chinese to China.

Chinese law enforcement officers will question the alleged victims in Thailand before referring the case to Thai officials, who will indict the suspects, Nathathorn said.

"After the suspects have been tried in Thai courts, they will all be sent to China," he said.

Currently all 44 suspects are being held in custody at an immigration detention center in Thailand.

Taiwan's representative office said it was working with Thai authorities in the hope of persuading them to send the Taiwanese suspects back to Taiwan for prosecution.

(By Liu Te-chang and S.C. Chang)
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