Fri, Dec 28, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Businessman in Palau pleas for his life in online letter

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

A man who identified himself as “Richard” yesterday posted a letter online saying he had been wrongly accused of forcing women into prostitution and engaging in money laundering in Palau, and that the Republic of China embassy in Palau did nothing to help him.

In the letter, Richard said he had been left helpless and could be arrested soon after Palauan prosecutors return to work after the holidays. If he is imprisoned, he faced other risks, such as being killed by other inmates, the letter read.

He said he posted the letter online seeking “a slim chance of survival.”

Richard suggested that the government suspend aid to Palau and pull its technical missions out of the country, adding that he urged Taiwanese to never consider Palau as a destination for travel or investment.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Steve Hsia (夏季昌) said Richard had reported the case to the embassy in Palau on Wednesday and that the embassy would provide him with the necessary assistance.

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