Cambodia hands three more Taiwanese fraud suspects over to China

Ignoring Taiwan’s request to transfer suspects back to the island for trial, three Taiwanese citizens, following four deported to China on July 26, were put on a China-bound flight Saturday.

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/07/29
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following the sending of four Taiwanese telephone fraud

A Chinese national arrested over an alleged internet scam, is escorted by police officers to be deported at the immigration office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Police says they have deported over a dozen Chinese nationals in an alleged internet scam back to China complying with demands from Beijing. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

suspects to China on July 26 for further trial, Cambodia deported three more Taiwanese citizens to China Saturday, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Even though the official from the Taiwanese representative office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, had persistently asked the Cambodian authorities to respect the principle of judicial authority and return the Taiwanese suspects to the island, the Southeast Asian country still decided to deport the Taiwanese suspects to China and even forbade the Taiwanese official to visit them during detention, according to Wang Pei-lin (王珮玲), spokesperson of MOFA.

With the information provided by China, the Cambodian police arrested 31 telephone fraud suspects on July 18 accused of scamming Chinese people, particularly the rich and civil servants, into giving sums of money to exchange their nude photos that the fraud group claimed to have acquired.

Among the detained suspects, seven were identified to be Taiwanese citizens, as MOFA learned after the Cambodian authorities notified the Taiwanese representatives based in Ho Chi Minh City.    [FULL  STORY]

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