By: Tsai Pei-chi and Christie Chen
Taipei, May 3 (CNA) The Ministry of Justice said Tuesday that it has asked police and
prosecutors to step up their evidence collection, to ensure that telecommunications fraud suspects can be arrested and held upon their arrival in Taiwan following their deportation from other countries.
The ministry’s remarks came after 20 Taiwanese suspects sent back to Taiwan from Malaysia April 15 for their alleged involvement in telecom scams were released due to a lack of evidence of their criminal activities, after they arrived at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
On April 21, however, the Taichung District Court granted a request by prosecutors to detain 18 of the 20 suspects, after the Malaysian authorities provided the necessary evidence against them.
To prevent similar incidents from recurring, the Taiwan High Prosecutors’ Office under the Ministry of Justice convened a meeting Tuesday to lay out principles for handling such cases in the future. [FULL STORY]