BE PREPARED:he fate of five Taiwanese due to be sentenced in Kenya over a 2014 telecoms scam is uncertain as Nairobi has been evasive under pressure from China
Date: Jun 03, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday expressed pessimism over the fate of
five Taiwanese fraud suspects awaiting a verdict in Kenya, saying that communication between Taipei and Nairobi has been patchy.
Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) made the remarks at a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, which was held to review the achievements of the nation’s participation in this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Some lawmakers shifted their focus to the fraud suspects after local media reports earlier in the day said that the government’s efforts to secure the return of the five following a pending court verdict on Monday next week have been futile due to pressure from China.
Responding to questions from Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇), Department of West Asian and African Affairs Deputy Director-General Alexandre Cheng (鄭維) said Representative to South Africa John Chen (陳忠) and a Ministry of Justice-affiliated secretary arrived in Nairobi yesterday in the hope of presenting the government’s stance to Kenyan authorities before the ruling is issued. [FULL STORY]