British court upholds Taiwan ruling in Zane Dean case

London, May 23 (CNA) In a landmark decision, a high court in London ruled Friday that a Briton found guilty in a fatal hit-and-run case in Taiwan should pay civil damages to the victim's family as ordered by a Taiwanese court. According to the ruling, Zane Dean, who is fighting extradition in a court in Scotland, will have to pay over NT$9 million (US$300,000) to the family of Huang Chun-te, who was killed on the early morning of March 25, 2010, when delivering newspapers. Dean, who was head of a British company's office in Taiwan, was sentenced to four years in prison in July 2012 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, manslaughter and committing a hit-and-run offense. Using a friend's passport, Dean fled Taiwan the following month. The London high court's ruling, which is effective in other European Union countries, is significant as it sets a rare precedent for a ruling made by a court in Taiwan to be upheld by legal authorities in countries that do not have official ties with Taiwan. (By Jennifer Huang and Jay Chen)