Foreign ministry to seek return of Taiwanese fraud suspects in Spain

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Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) Taiwan's government will seek the return of 218 Taiwanese being detained in Spain on suspicion of telecoms fraud, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

Anna Kao (高安), head of MOFA's Department of European Affairs, said 218 Taiwanese are on trial in Spain on charges of fraud, a situation that is being closely monitored by Taiwan's representative office there.

When the judicial process is completed, Taiwan will make an effort to have all 218 suspects sent back home, Kao said, adding that the second trial of the case has just concluded.

In February, MOFA said in a press release that an unspecified number of Taiwanese were among 269 people arrested in a series of raids by Spanish authorities late last year in connection with alleged telecoms fraud.

At the time, MOFA said the Taiwanese detainees should all be sent back to Taiwan instead of to China, based on the nationality principle.

The Spanish authorities, however, did not respond to Taiwan's request, as they had already promised to send all the suspects to China under a bilateral judicial assistance accord, according to MOFA.

(By Elaine Hou and Flor Wang)

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