By: Chao Li-yen and Elizabeth Hsu, Central News Agency
Taipei, 21 (CNA) Eighteen out of 20 fraud suspects who were deported back to Taiwan from Malaysia last Friday were placed in detention Thursday after their release last week sparked controversy in Taiwan as well as in China, where many of their alleged victims reside.
A court in Taichung, central Taiwan granted prosecutors’ request for the detention of main suspect Liu and 17 others. The prosecutors argued before the court that there was strong evidence against the 18 suspects and, unless detained, they would likely collude with each other to make their confessions match during trial and could even engage in more fraud.
The other two suspects who were deported back from Malaysia were ordered by the court to not leave the country or go out to sea pending their possible indictments and trial. [FULL STORY]