By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwanese members of a fraud ring who were
recently deported from Kenya to China were unlikely to be transferred to Taiwan soon, Premier Simon Chang said Saturday after the return of a judiciary delegation from Beijing.
The group, headed by a Ministry of Justice official, said China had agreed that Taiwan could join in the investigation, but the 45 Taiwanese held in the communist country would not be coming home any time soon.
In practice, there was a very low possibility that they could return to Taiwan immediately, but the government will work hard to see that their basic rights are respected, Chang told reporters. He pointed out that the delegation had succeeded in getting approval to talk to the suspects and that relatives would be allowed to travel to China to meet them.
The premier said he could understand that China was wary that the suspects would receive too lenient sentences if they went to court in Taiwan. [FULL STORY]