Chinese Court Convicts 44
Taiwanese Nationals in Telecom Fraud Scheme
December 26, 2017
A Beijing court has handed down prison sentences to 44 Taiwanese
nationals in connection with a fraudulent telecom operation
based in Kenya, a decision that is likely to increase tensions
between China and self-ruled Taiwan.
The Taiwanese nationals were among 85 suspects who received
various jail terms during Thursday's court session.Two of the
Taiwanese nationals were sentenced to 15 years in prison for
their part in the scheme.
has secured the extradition of 288 Taiwanese nationals over the
past year from various countries, including Kenya, Malaysia,
Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia, who have been accused of
defrauding Chinese citizens of millions of dollars. Chinese
state media have said at least some of the fraud suspects
allegedly called Chinese citizens and pretended to be
prosecutors demanding payment for crimes or infractions, with
the threat of jail for those who did not pay up. The victims
were allegedly told to wire money to an account to clear their
The extraditions have angered Taipei, which has accused Beijing
of effectively kidnapping its citizens.
China considers the self-ruled island a breakaway province, and
has successfully kept other nations from establishing formal
diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
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