ROC criminals can no longer hide in PRC: Ma
Cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait on stemming criminal activities is making it harder for Taiwanese criminals to hide from the law, President Ma Ying-jeou ( ) said Friday in praise of achievements from the cross- strait joint crime- fighting agreement.
Since the agreement was signed in April 2009, it “has obviously left many Taiwanese criminals with no place to hide,” Ma said in a celebration held by the Ministry of Justice for the sixth anniversary of the signing of the “Cross-strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement.”
“In the past, (the criminals) used to think they would be out of the law’s reach once fleeing to the mainland. Now, the situation is entirely different,” Ma said.
According to Ma, the competent authorities of the two sides have asked for judicial assistance from the other side on a combined 67,000 cases since the agreement took effect, 55,000 of which were resolved.
Such an accomplishment is “rare” elsewhere in the world, the president said.
However, a handful of notorious economic criminals remain on the loose on the mainland. “For those who have made investments in the mainland and pay a large amount of taxes every year, mainland authorities are hesitant (to repatriate them),” Ma said, “but we still hope the efforts will be continued.”
By 2014, Taiwan’s population had increased by 2 million from the level in 1995, and yet the crime rate dropped by 30 percent during that period. He wishes the judicial system of the country keeps maintaining this good record, and helps people to see that the advantages of cross-strait relations are not just in the economic realm but also in social order, Ma said.