MOFA working with local authorities, foreign governments on fraud

2017/09/07 14:14:44
MOFA working with local authorities, foreign governments on fraud

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday that it is working closely with local judicial authorities and foreign governments to exchange intelligence on Taiwanese telecommunication fraud rings operating overseas.

The cooperation is working smoothly, MOFA said in a statement, denying a local media report that accused the ministry of being reluctant to help local crime-fighting authorities to keep in touch with their foreign counterparts to stop such crime.

Quoting unidentified sources, the Chinese-language Apple Daily said that the European Union (EU) has previously issued a warning to Taiwanese representative offices in Europe, alerting them that telecommunication fraud rings could jeopardize Taiwan's image.

It could even force the EU to reconsider its visa-free entry privileges extended to Republic of China passport holders since 2011, the report said.

Asked to comment, MOFA spokeswoman Eleanor Wang ((王珮玲) rebutted the report, saying that no countries that have granted visa-free treatment have ever expressed such concern to any of the nation's overseas offices.

Also, MOFA and five other government branches have jointly convened a cross-ministry platform on combating telecommunication fraud since last year, which is working smoothly.

According to Chen Hsin-hsin (陳欣新), deputy head of the ministry's European Affairs Department, the platform was formed in June last year, involving the Ministry of Justice, the High Prosecutors Office, the Mainland Affairs Council, the MOFA, the National Police Agency and the National Immigration Agency, to discuss concrete measures in the prevetion of spread of Taiwanese fraud rings overseas.

Seven meetings have been held since then, she noted.

Chen added that nine European countries who have no diplomatic ties with Taiwan have also formed intelligence exchange channels with the country over the issue. She did not disclose their names.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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