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Taiwan bars 52 suspected terrorists since last year

Taiwan bars 52 suspected terrorists since last year

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Taiwan is adhering to a list of 52 suspected terrorists who have been barred from entering the country, the National Security Bureau director-general said Wednesday in a briefing to lawmakers about border security management. At a hearing of the legislative Foreign and National Defense Committee, Lee Shying-jow said the policy is the result of international cooperation on intelligence-sharing, which has allowed his bureau to acquire the names of suspected international terrorists and block them from Taiwan's borders. He said the National Immigration Agency established an advanced passenger information system in June last year, through which so far, eight travelers originating from Saudi Arabia were discovered at customs checks to allegedly be involved in terrorist activities. The travelers were barred from entering Taiwan and sent back to their points of origin, Lee told lawmakers. He did not elaborate further, on the grounds of preserving national security. Despite this achievement, the National Security Bureau said in a written report for the Legislature that border security management still needs to be improved because since the beginning of the year, several foreigners have been discovered either hiding in Taiwan from justice or coming to the country to pursue illegal activities. These people include an American fugitive involved in sex offenses in the United States, Dutch and Japanese visitors who illegally took photos of military aircraft, and people from Hong Kong who came to Taiwan on fake identities, the report said. In that regard, the bureau has proposed that while trying to strengthen international cooperation in the establishment of a screening mechanism, the relevant authorities should seek to reinforce exchanges of criminal data with the U.S. government, which maintains cooperative ties with Taiwan on mutual legal assistance in judicial matters. (By Tang Pei-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-05-19 08:32 GMT+08:00