The foreign ministry on Tuesday expressed regret over the 11 Taiwanese nationals currently on death row for drug offences in Indonesia. The ministry also warned the public not to engage in illegal activity when traveling overseas.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Andrew Lee said countries in Southeast Asia are especially tough on drug-related offences. He warned that selling, manufacturing or trafficking illegal drugs are all considered serious crimes in the region and may carry the death penalty.
"We can see from these 11 of our nationals sentenced to death that these countries deal harshly with drug offenders. Our nationals need to take all care not to engage in illegal behavior when overseas to avoid this kind of lifelong regret, which of course also affects Taiwan's international image," said Lee.
Lee also said that Taiwan's representative office in Indonesia will continue to work with local authorities to ensure the legal rights of its nationals.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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