Tai­wan bill tar­gets fraud­sters abroad

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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