Taiwan bill targets fraudsters abroad
Taiwan passed a bill yesterday to crack down on swindlers committing crimes overseas following a spate of deportations of Taiwanese fraud suspects to China from countries that do not recognize the island’s government. Taipei has accused Beijing of “abducting” Taiwanese citizens suspected of committing fraud abroad and taking them to China amid criticism that the island’s own judicial system has failed to bring such swindlers to justice due to legal loopholes. Analysts see the deportation cases as a Chinese bid to pile pressure on Taiwan’s new Beijing-sceptic leader Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in May, as relations between the two sides worsen. But Beijing insists that Taiwanese fraud suspects should be sent to China to face trial because their telecom fraud crimes largely target mainland Chinese. Chinese officials blamed Taiwan for condoning cross-border fraud after a group of Taiwanese suspects deported by Malaysia back to the island were set free in April.