The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) yesterday said that cross-strait cooperation on the repatriation of Taiwanese criminals in China was proceeding well, but that Beijing was unlikely to send back tycoon Chen Yu-hao (陳由豪), one of Taiwan’s most-wanted fugitives, who has become a Chinese citizen.
Department of International and Cross-Strait Legal Affairs Director Chen Wen-chi (陳文琪) told a press conference that it would be very difficult to request that Beijing repatriat the former Tuntex Group chairman because he had obtained Chinese citizenship.
She said that during a cross-strait anti-crime cooperation meeting in China this month, Taiwanese officials asked for Chen Yu-hao, Chang An-le (張安樂) — a fugitive former leader of the Bamboo Union gang — and several others to be repatriated, but the requests were denied. However, the ministry would continue its efforts, she added.
Chen Yu-hao, who was indicted in late 2003 on suspicion of embezzling NT$800 million (US$27 million) from Tuntex, fled to China after being charged. He has established a business and lives in the open.
Chen Wen-chi said Taiwan has asked China to repatriate 595 fugitives since a cross-strait agreement to combat crime was signed in April 2009.
So far, 271 fugitives, or an avergae of about six per month, have been sent back to Taiwan, she said.
Under the agreement, China notifies Taiwanese authorities when it detains or arrests a Taiwanese and also reports what crimes the individual is thought to have committed, and vice versa, she said.
Since June 2009, China has reported the arrest or detention of 1,064 Taiwanese, while Taiwan has reported 1,958 Chinese detained in Taiwan, Chen Wen-chi said.
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