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Taiwanese dies in a car crash in New Zealand

MOUNTAIN ACCIDENT:The car crash in the remote Southern Alps killed a 30-year-old woman surnamed Feng, while a 31-year-old man suffered minor injuries

Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday that a Taiwanese woman had been killed in a car crash in New Zealand, while a Taiwanese man accompanying her was injured.

The ministry said it would help members of the woman’s family to travel to New Zealand to handle her affairs.

The ministry said the accident took place a day earlier in a remote mountainous area.

The Taiwanese man called the nation’s representative office in New Zealand, which in turn called local police to deal with the matter.

The Otago Daily Times, a New Zealand daily, said the accident took place on the Haast Pass, a mountain pass in the Southern Alps of South Island.

The victim, a 30-year-old woman surnamed Feng (馮), died of her injuries, while the 31-year-old man who rented the car suffered minor injuries, the newspaper said.

Police were still investigating the cause of the accident, it said.

In other overseas news, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said 64 of 86 Taiwanese nationals arrested last month on suspicion of fraud in Jakarta in a cross-border operation by Taiwanese, Indonesian and Chinese police were sent back to Taiwan yesterday.

The 86 Taiwanese were among a group of more than 90 fraud suspects, including nine Chinese nationals, who were rounded up by police on Aug. 20 in a simultaneous operation in various parts of Jakarta, the bureau said.

The other Taiwanese suspects would be sent back to Taiwan after standing trial in Indonesia for other crimes, it added.

It was the largest number of Taiwanese suspects ever arrested in a single operation in Indonesia.

Local police officers also conducted a search of the Taichung residence of the group’s leader, where they seized gold bars, diamond watches, three luxury sedans and NT$15 million (US$459,841) in cash.

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