Feb 19, 2017 Market Comments Off on MOFA expresses concern over Spain deportation decision
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reiterated on Sunday that it is gravely concerned over what it's calling an "unfriendly" decision by Spain to deport a group of Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects to China.
The Spanish government decided to accept a demand from Beijing for the extradition to China of 269 Taiwanese and Chinese nationals arrested last December in Spain for their involvement in telecom fraud. More than 200 of the 269 are from Taiwan.
On Sunday, Taipei further criticized the Spanish administration for ignoring the Nationality Principle. That principle recognizes that a sovereign nation can adopt criminal laws that govern the conduct of that sovereign's nationals even while outside of the sovereign's borders.
Taiwan's government spent two months negotiating with Spain in the hope that the Taiwanese suspects can be brought back to Taiwan for investigation and trial. The foreign ministry says it will again summon Spain's Taiwan-based representative, and reiterate its stance on the issue.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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