Taiwan seeking deportation of 10 fraud suspects held in Turkey: MOFA

03-Dec-2016 Intellasia | CNA | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Taiwan is seeking the return of 10 Taiwanese who are still being held in detention in Turkey after they were arrested in May, along with 42 others, on suspicion of fraud, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday

Noting that Turkey has already sent back 42 of the suspects to Taiwan, the ministry said at a press briefing that it is making every effort to have the remaining 10 returned to face trial.

However, Turkish prosecutors have applied for court permission to keep the 10 Taiwanese suspects in detention there and judiciary proceedings for their trial have already begun, said Chen Chun-shen (???), head of the MOFA’s Department of West Asian and African Affairs.

Under Turkish law, suspects can be detained for up to five years pending trial, Chen said.

He said officials from Taiwan’s representative office in Turkey have been visiting the 10 detainees to offer assistance and have reported that the main problem is the suspects’ inability to communicate with Turkish authorities because of the language barrier.

The 10 Taiwanese were among 52 Taiwanese nationals arrested in Turkey on May 27 for alleged fraud.

Forty-two of the 52 Taiwanese nationals were deported by Turkey after being investigated on suspicion of fraud, and arrived in Taiwan in early June.

Citing a statement by Turkish police, the MOFA said a total of 81 fraud suspects were arrested in May in Turkey, 52 of whom were identified as Taiwanese nationals, and the rest as Chinese citizens.

The Taiwanese allegedly installed cameras near bank ATMs to record people’s passwords, according to Turkish police.



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