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Fugitive officer in UK to be deported in '14

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Female Taiwanese military intelligence officer Emily Yeh (葉玫) will be deported back to Taiwan after the New Year, said the Taipei Representative Office in the United Kingdom yesterday.

The 33-year-old has been on an official wanted list since July 2012 after she failed to report to work following a trip to Thailand in June of the same year. The lieutenant was then sacked by the Military Intelligence Bureau, which is a branch of the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

Yeh was arrested in the United Kingdom earlier last week, Taiwan's Representative Office in the UK said last Wednesday.

Taiwan's top envoy to the UK, Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡), told the Central News Agency that his office had established contact with the UK Border Agency to express Taiwan's desire to deport the officer back to Taiwan as soon as possible following her arrest.

The Taipei Representative Office confirmed that Yeh will be sent back to Taiwan when the New Year holidays end, after frequent discussions with the UK Border Agency.

After arriving in the UK from Bangkok, Yeh had stayed in Newport, with her passport revoked by the R.O.C. government. Yeh previously announced that she had been trying to plead for political asylum in the UK, but the nation is unlikely to grant asylum, said Taiwan's top envoy to the UK. The UK government announced that it had not received such an application from Yeh.

As the UK is currently in the middle of its Christmas and New Year break, Yeh will be detained until the holiday ends. The UK Border Agency will notify Taiwanese officials about Yeh's actual date of return at that point, said the representative office. Local media reports about Yeh being deported back to Taiwan yesterday proved to be false.

According to the officials of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, the UK government hopes for Yeh to be deported as soon as possible, and will be arranging for personnel to accompany Yeh throughout her trip to ensure the success of the deportation process.

The officials stated that it is still possible that Yeh could attempt to prolong her stay in the UK by trying to plea for asylum or by filing a lawsuit.

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