Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Government to return Taiwan nationals to mainland

Government to return Taiwan nationals to mainland

Officials raid a network of 31 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals suspected of operating a telecoms scam last week. Taiwan has demanded the seven Taiwanese suspects not be deported to mainland China. Photo supplied
Officials raid a network of 31 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals suspected of operating a telecoms scam last week. Taiwan has demanded the seven Taiwanese suspects not be deported to mainland China. Photo supplied

Government to return Taiwan nationals to mainland

Seven Taiwanese citizens will be deported to mainland China alongside 24 Chinese nationals despite efforts by Taiwanese officials to have them repatriated to the island, an immigration police official said yesterday.

The group was arrested in Phnom Penh last week for allegedly working to scam Chinese citizens through a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, and Sok Phal, chief of the Interior Ministry’s Immigration Department, said they will be sent to China on Saturday.

“We don’t know whether they will then be sent to Taiwan,” Phal said of the seven, adding he had not been contacted by Taiwanese authorities but that the Chinese government said all were citizens of the mainland.

Wang Dexin, head of the political office at the Chinese Embassy, said any decision to send the seven to Taiwan would be up to Beijing, which considers the island non-independent.

“Taiwan is part of China,” he said, describing the decision as part of China’s “internal affairs”.

However, Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday reiterated at a press conference in Taipei that they had sent officials to Phnom Penh over the issue. An official said they had “requested for these suspects to be repatriated . . . according to ‘international jurisdiction’”.

The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry last week said it sent the staff from its Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Ho Chi Minh City, which declined to comment further on the issue yesterday.

Last week, 25 Taiwanese citizens were also arrested in Thailand over a similar VoIP scam, the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said. Media reports said they will also be sent to mainland China against the wishes of the Taiwanese government.

Additional reporting by Brian Ng

MOST VIEWED

  • EU parliament’s 13-point vote to decide on possible sanctions

    The European Parliament is due to vote on Thursday on a 13-point resolution on Cambodia – which includes a call for the treason charges against bailed opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped – a threat that could see the EU enforce a range of sanctions against

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey