No request received for assistance over HK robbery: CIB

11/05/2019 06:49 PM
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Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Tuesday that it had not received a request from the Hong Kong police for information regarding a Taiwanese suspect said to have recently robbed a shopkeeper and fled back to Taiwan.

The bureau's comments came in response to a report by Hong Kong's South China Morning Post (SCMP), which said the Hong Kong authorities were trying to confirm the identity of the suspect with the Taiwan authorities.

"Prosecution is unlikely unless the suspect returns to Hong Kong," the report noted.

It also likened the current stalemate to the case of Hong Kong citizen Chan Tong-kai (陳同佳), who is accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend while in Taiwan last year.

The CIB, however, rebutted the notion, pointing out that the robbery case is a completely different matter.

According to the SCMP report, the robbery took place Oct. 6 when the Taiwanese national threatened an employee with a toy gun at a shop in Tsim Sha Tsui and got away with two watches worth HK$990,000 (US$126,000).

Video surveillance footage shows that the suspect escaped by taxi to the airport and took a plane back to Taiwan, the report said, adding that Hong Kong police later identified the suspect as the holder of a Taiwanese travel document.

(By Huang Li-yun and Ko Lin)

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