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MAC to continue to seek repatriation of wanted criminals in China

MAC to continue to seek repatriation of wanted criminals in China

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday that it will continue to communicate with China on repatriating some wanted criminals back to Taiwan. "The government knows that the public is concerned about bringing home major economic criminals," the MAC said. But it said the reasons for the failure to do so are complex. Also, China has been lukewarm on working with Taiwan on this issue, it said. The MAC and related agencies will continue to study all possible proposals and will actively communicate with Chinese authorities on the matter, the MAC said in a report. The MAC gave the report in a legislative committee to explain the execution of an 2009 cross-Taiwan Strait agreement on joint efforts in fighting crime and mutual judicial assistance. Mainland Affairs Minister Wang Yu-chi said Taiwan has supplied information to China through the institutionalized communication channels to request the repatriation of wanted criminals. But China would sometimes give "a lot of reasons" for not complying with the requests, including political sensitivity or the involvement of major investment projects in China, which could affect the economy. According to the MAC, between June 2009 when the agreement went into effect, and February 2013, the number of fraud cases and funds continued to decrease. China has so far repatriated 266 criminals, including former Legislators Wang Chih-hsiung and Kuo Ting-tsai, former Changhua County Speaker Pai Hung-shen and former Transportation Ministry Chief Secretary Sung Nai-wu. One of the most notorious wanted criminals known to be hiding in China is Chen You-hao, former head of the now defunct Tuntex group, who fled to the mainland after embezzling billions of dollars from the group. Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Interior said a gangster hiding in China will receive an entry permit to Taiwan on Thursday. Chang An-lo, a major figure in the notorious Bamboo Union gang, may return to Taiwan soon and he will be arrested in accordance with the law, Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan said Wednesday. (By Scarlet Chai and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-06-13 13:21 GMT+08:00