Date: Apr 16, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The government is to send an official delegation to China on Monday to meet with Chinese authorities over the criminal investigation of 54 Taiwanese suspects deported from Kenya and detained in Beijing on charges of engaging in telephone fraud.
Executive Yuan spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) held a meeting yesterday morning and decided that a special task force would be set up for the Kenya case and that a team consisting officials from the MAC, the Ministry of Justice, the Straits Exchange Foundation and the Criminal Investigation Bureau would leave for China on Monday.
“The aim [of the trip] is to provide assistance to the families [of the detained Taiwanese] and to set up a general mechanism for cross-strait cooperation on clamping down on crimes that involve a third [country],” Sun said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Justice Luo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪) said that talks had been under way with Chinese government agencies to work out details of the Taiwanese delegation’s involvement.
“The talks have been ongoing for several days. Then officials from China’s Ministry of Public Security contacted us late on Thursday night, and they agreed Taiwan’s side should organize a delegation to join in the judicial investigation into this case,” Luo said. [FULL STORY]