120 Tai­wanese held over telco crimes in Greece

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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