Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) Taiwan justice officials handed over an unnamed Danish national to Danish authorities Wednesday so the man can serve out the remainder of his time at home -- the first inmate transfer between the two countries, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said Thursday.
The Danish national, who was serving a nine-year jail term after being convicted of drug offenses in Taiwan, was placed in the custody of two Danish police offers by Taoyuan prosecutors at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, where he was escorted onto a flight bound for Denmark, the MOJ said in a statement.
The three have since arrived in Denmark, the ministry confirmed.
The inmate transfer was conducted in line with an agreement signed by the two countries.
Taiwan agreed to an inmate transfer proposal raised by Denmark, because the Danish prisoner met the conditions set by Taiwan, and the European country said it would respect the verdict handed down by Taiwan's court.
On July 8, witnessed by Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang 蔡清祥) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), Nicholas Enersen, then-director the Trade Council of Denmark, Taipei, inked the inmate transfer agreement with Lee Hsiang-jow (李翔宙), Taiwan's envoy to Denmark, in Taipei.
In addition to the Danish inmate, Taiwan has transferred seven German inmates to Germany and one British prisoner to the United Kingdom, the ministry said.
Allowing foreign nationals imprisoned in Taiwan to serve out their jail time in their home countries will better help them correct their past wrongdoing and more easily build a new life, the MOJ said.