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Taiwan, Thailand join hands to fight crime

Published on Jan 17, 2013 4:13 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan and Thailand signed a crime-fighting agreement on Thursday aimed at curbing a growing number of cross-border scams and other crimes, Taipei officials said.

"This is a milestone in police cooperation. We can achieve better results in intelligence exchange, investigation, coordinated operations, and extradition," said Taiwan's police chief Wang Cho-chiun.

Since 2009, a total of 417 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in cross-border fraud as a result of joint investigations by Taiwanese and Thai police, according to Mr Wang.

Taiwan has also teamed up with other Southeast Asian police forces to bust fraud, with a record 827 people arrested in 2011 for allegedly running operations in seven countries in the region.

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