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Three Taiwanese prisoners repatriated from China

Three Taiwanese prisoners repatriated from China

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Three Taiwanese citizens who were imprisoned in China were sent back to Taiwan recently to serve out their sentences, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said Friday.

The three prisoners were repatriated for humanitarian reasons, as one of them was diagnosed with bone cancer, one had kidney surgery, and the other was classified as elderly at the age of 63, the ministry said.

They were each serving prison terms of around 13 years for drug offenses and have been transferred to Taipei Prison to serve out their sentences, the ministry said.

It is the first time that China has repatriated Taiwanese prisoners from provinces other than Fujian, the Chinese region closest to Taiwan, the ministry said, adding that one of the inmates had been serving time in Hunan and one in Guangxi.

Since China began sending back Taiwanese prisoners in 2014, eight have now been returned, the ministry said.

There are more than 1,300 Taiwanese prisoners in China, according to the ministry.

It said Taiwan signed an agreement with Germany and Panama on the repatriation of prison inmates, after the implementation of the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act in July 2013.

In February, the first German prisoner was repatriated under the Taiwan-Germany agreement that was signed in November 2013.

As of the end of November, 416 foreign nationals were serving time in Taiwan prisons, according to MOJ statistics. (By Tsai Pei-chi and Kay Liu)

Updated : 2021-09-22 15:54 GMT+08:00