Date: Apr 15, 2016
By: NY Times News Service
The Chinese government on Wednesday announced that a group of Taiwanese
who were deported to China from Kenya would be prosecuted on charges of telecoms fraud, despite having been acquitted of the same charges by a Kenyan court this month.
The move escalated a diplomatic battle that has outraged officials who see the deportation of Taiwanese to China as an extra judicial abduction.
The case has also raised international legal questions and involved Kenya in the geopolitical maneuvering between Taiwan and China.
The Taiwanese arrived in Beijing on Wednesday, hooded and handcuffed, after being forced onto a plane by Kenyan police.
Taiwanese lawmakers have accused the Kenyan government of violating international law and its own laws to placate China. [FULL STORY]