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Court nixes extradition of UK drunk driver to Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The High Court of Scotland on Friday reversed an initial ruling requiring a British citizen to be extradited back to Taiwan to serve his prison term for killing a local man while driving drunk in March 2010, Apple Daily reported Friday.

The report said that the high court ruled out the need for Zain Taj Dean (ĉž—ċ…‹çݎ) to be extradited to Taiwan based on an assertion by Dean's lawyers that Dean will suffer human rights abuses if jailed in Taiwan.

Taiwan's government may appeal the Supreme Court of Scotland's decision and has said that it will study the feasibility of filing an appeal.

Dean was convicted and sentenced to a four-year jail term by the High Court of Taiwan in July 2012 for killing newspaper deliveryman Huang Chun-der on Section 4 of Zhongxiao East Road, while driving drunk in the early morning of March 25, 2010.

Escape with Fake Passport

On Aug. 14, 2012, Dean, then in his early 40s, escaped Taiwan using the passport of his friend identified only as David, who is a different height and about 10 years younger.

Dean was supposed to begin serving his jail term on Sept. 21, 2012, but failed to report to legal authorities, prompting prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant and confiscate his NT$150,000 bail.

On Oct. 16, 2013, Taiwan signed a memorandum of understanding with Britain to extradite Dean back to the island. The following day, the Scottish police arrested Dean and the Edinburgh district court ruled to detain him.

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