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Justice minister calls on US to return dozens of fugitives wanted by Taiwan

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Minister of Justice Wang Ching-feng (王清峰) yesterday called on the US government to assist Taiwan with the return of 75 Taiwanese fugitives in the US.

To this end, Wang said, Taiwan hopes to sign an extradition treaty with the US in the near future.

She raised the matter during a meeting with American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director William Stanton.

Wang said that Stanton promised to relay Taiwan’s desire to Washington, but said he did not expect any quick results.

Among the individuals on Taiwan’s wanted list are Huang Fang-yen (黃芳彥), former deputy superintendent of the Taipei-based Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, who is a close friend of the family of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

Huang fled to the US in November before prosecutors could question him about allegations that he helped the former first family launder money.

Also on the list are Wang You-theng (王又曾), founder of the Rebar Asia Pacific Group, who allegedly looted large amounts of corporate funds from the group, and Ching Chi-ju (金紀玖), a middleman in a scandal involving a botched attempt to win Papua New Guinea as a diplomatic ally, in which Taiwan was duped out of nearly US$30 million.

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