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Beijing jails 44 Taiwanese for fraud

DOUBLE TROUBLE:One lawmaker said the situation poses a dilemma for local authorities, who might have to punish Taiwanese after they serve their term in China

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter, with agencies

This would pose a dilemma to local authorities, as the judicial system might have to mete out further punishment, despite the principle that a convict should not be punished twice for the same crime, Luo said, adding that otherwise it would mean that the nation’s judiciary has deferred to China’s adjudication.

Beijing could have a political agenda behind its pressuring of Kenya to extradite the Taiwanese suspects, he said.

“Society in general hates fraud like the plague. China’s severe punishments might even win applause from some Taiwanese,” Luo said.

He urged the council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to redouble efforts to repatriate the suspects.

DPP Legislator Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) said that Taiwanese fraudsters should be handled by Taiwan.

“Granted, fraud cases are a source of public outrage and people still feel that harsher penalties stipulated in the Criminal Code and the Organized Crime Prevention Act (組織犯罪防制條例) are too lenient,” Huang said.

Lawmakers should push for further amendments to increase penalties for fraud, he said.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus secretary-general Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said China’s convictions and punishments do not address the root cause of fraud and do not help to deter it, as like all cross-border crimes, it cannot be effectively curbed without the exchange of information.

The Tsai administration should work out a solution with China to resume the agreement, as it would be hard to avoid such incidents if the agreement is not enforced, he said.

“Tsai, as the president, has a responsibility to resume cross-strait dialogue,” he added.

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