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Dean could begin prison term in Taiwan in February: minister

TAIPEI -- The government hopes to bring a British national convicted of the hit-and-run killing of a newspaper deliveryman back to Taiwan to begin a prison term after the end of this month, Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay said yesterday.

Less than three weeks before the Lunar New Year, which falls on Jan. 31, Luo went to visit the families of some victims of crimes, including Huang Kuo-an, the father of Huang Chun-te, who was killed in a drunk driving incident in the early hours of March 25, 2010, when he was hit by Zain Dean's Mercedes.

The minister told Huang that it is the government's hope that Dean can be extradited to Taiwan when a court in Edinburgh, Scotland resumes an extradition hearing Jan. 29.

The hearing could last two days and if the judge allows Dean to be sent to Taiwan, it will take several more days for the extradition to take place, she added.

Earlier in the hearing, Dean's lawyers tried but failed to have the court deny Taiwan's right to try a British citizen. Dean was sentenced to four years in prison but fled Taiwan in August 2012 using a friend's passport.

The other people Luo visited included an ailing mother who has raised two sons on her own after her husband died in a car crash.

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