Malaysia to deport 32 more Taiwanese fraud suspects to Taiwan amid China spat: Envoy

Masked alleged fraud suspects were escorted by unseen policemen as they arrived at Taoyuan Airport, on April 15, 2016.
Masked alleged fraud suspects were escorted by unseen policemen as they arrived at Taoyuan Airport, on April 15, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

Malaysia will deport to Taiwan another 32 Taiwanese being held for suspected fraud, Taiwan's envoy to Malaysia said, amid a spat between China and Taiwan over the deportation of fraud suspects from overseas.

Taipei has accused Beijing of "abducting" its citizens from Kenya after several dozen Taiwanese arrested in the African nation for telecom fraud were forced at gunpoint to board a plane for China last week.

The incident triggered a scramble by Taipei to ensure Taiwanese now detained in several foreign countries - most of them for alleged fraud - are sent back to Taiwan instead of China.

 
 

Last Friday, 20 of 52 Taiwanese arrested in Malaysia for alleged telecommunications fraud were flown back to Taiwan from Kuala Lumpur.

Mr James Chang, Taiwan's envoy to Malaysia, was quoted by Taiwan's Central News Agency as saying late on Sunday (April 17) that Malaysia was prepared to repatriate the remaining 32 oncethe authorities from both sides completed "certain arrangements".

The report did not specify what the arrangements were.

Chinese authorities argue that the Taiwanese suspects should be deported to the mainland because most of the fraud victims are Chinese citizens.