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Taipei, May 17 (CNA) Taiwan expressed serious concern and regret Thursday after Spain deported two Taiwanese suspected of involvement in telecoms fraud to China last Friday, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) press release.
The duo were part of a larger group of 219 Taiwanese nationals arrested in the European country for alleged involvement in fraud, MOFA said.
Meanwhile, based on Spain’s deportation treaty with China, a Spanish court has agreed to deport the remaining 217 suspects to that country, MOFA pointed out.
MOFA and Taiwan’s representative office in Spain will continue to assist and protect the rights of the Taiwan nationals and help their family members get in touch with them, the ministry said.
The case started in late 2016 when Spain apprehended a large number of Asians suspected of involvement in telecoms fraud, of which 219 were Taiwanese nationals.
In addition to providing assistance to the detained Taiwanese, MOFA and the country’s representative office in Spain have requested many times that they be repatriated to Taiwan to face judicial investigation, the ministry noted.
In addition, no reply was received following a request for mutual legal assistance, in relation to the case, sent to Spain by Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the MOJ said in a separate press release Thursday.
(By Elaine Hou, Wang Yang-yu and William Yen)