35 Ja­panese held in fraud case

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The For­eign Min­istry con­firmed on Wed­nes­day that Chi­nese po­lice have de­tained 35 Ja­panese na­tion­als sus­pected of fraud.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a daily news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing that China in­formed Ja­pan in ac­cor­dance with the con­sular treaty be­tween the two coun­tries.

Ear­lier, Ja­panese news re­ports said the de­ten­tions were made in Fu­jian prov­ince.

Nikkei Asian Re­view said the sus­pects were de­tained after Ja­pan’s Na­tional Po­lice Agency re­quested as­sis­tance and the case may have re­vealed the largest Ja­panese bank-trans­fer fraud group in China.

The sus­pects are ac­cused of op­er­at­ing tele­phone scams tar­get­ing res­i­dents of Ja­pan’s Chiba pre­fec­ture, where vic­tims were talked into trans­fer­ring large sums of money via banks, it said.

It also said more groups have been call­ing from China to avoid be­ing dis­cov­ered and that it’s up to the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties to de­cide the dis­po­si­tion of the 35 peo­ple, as China and Ja­pan don’t have an ex­tra­di­tion treaty.

It said the po­lice de­part­ments of the two coun­tries reg­u­larly hold work­ing-level talks to ad­dress cases of fraud as well as is­sues such as cy­ber­crime and ter­ror­ism.

Zhang Yan con­trib­uted to this story.

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