Four Taiwanese fraud suspects deported from Cambodia to China: MAC

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Taipei, July 27 (CNA) Four Taiwanese nationals arrested by Cambodian authorities earlier this month for suspected involvement in telecom fraud were deported to China Wednesday, according to Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council.

The Cambodian government arrested 31 telecom fraud suspects, including seven Taiwanese nationals, in a July 17 raid in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

Since China provided the intelligence that led to the arrests, the seven Taiwanese suspects are all likely to be deported to China, the ministry said on July 18.

The MAC, the nation's top China policy charter, issued a statement expressing deep regret and a strong protest over the deportations.

China's unilateral action has hurt the feelings of the people in Taiwan and will be detrimental to the positive development of cross- Taiwan Strait relations, the MAC said.

The government has issued a request that China should provide a personal information report about the four Taiwanese nationals once they arrive in China, in accordance with the Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement, so that their legal rights in China can be protected, according to the MAC statement.

China is also required to grant visitation rights to their families based on humanitarian principles.

According to the statement, after the MAC learned that the Taiwanese nationals were to be deported to China, it proposed through communication channels between the two sides of the strait that they should be sent back to Taiwan to face trial.

The MAC also called on Beijing to put away all preconceived ideas and exclude political obstruction that could hurt the development of cross-strait ties, and instead work with Taiwan in joint crime-fighting based on their existing foundation for cooperation.

(By Miao Zhung-han and Evelyn Kao)

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