Date: Apr 19, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday urged the government to
make every effort to avoid a recurrence of the perceived hasty release of 20 Taiwanese fraud suspects recently deported from Malaysia, which it said could impede Taiwan’s future obtainment of visa-free privileges.
The caucus held a news conference at the legislature, amid a growing public outcry over the government’s handling of the 20 Taiwanese suspects, who were released shortly after their deportation to Taiwan on Friday last week due to a lack of evidence, which is still in China’s hands and has yet to be referred to the Taiwanese authorities.
They are among 52 Taiwanese nationals charged with fraud in Malaysia last month.
“Many lawmakers had strongly demanded that the government defend its jurisdiction over Taiwanese nationals and the nation’s sovereignty. Then, without evidence, the government set these suspects free after their return. Where is the justice in this?” KMT caucus whip Lin Te-fu (林德福) told the press conference. [FULL STORY]