120 Taiwanese held over telco crimes in Greece
AROUND 120 Taiwanese nationals have been arrested in Greece for suspected telecom crimes, Taipei officials said yesterday, the latest such arrests abroad.
They were caught in the suburbs of Athens on July 21, along with some Greeks, when local police thwarted a telecom gambling crime ring.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry said police have declined to disclose specifics of the alleged crimes or any personal information regarding the suspects.
No Chinese nationals were implicated in the case, it said. The Taiwanese are being held in Greek police headquarters.
“We are monitoring the situation closely ... If the Greek side decides to deport the suspects, we will do our best to ensure they are sent back to our country to face trial,” the ministry said in a statement.
Taipei was furious over deportations of Taiwanese fraud suspects from Kenya, Malaysia and Cambodia to China. It accused Beijing of “abducting” its citizens from countries that do not recognise the island’s government.