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8 Taiwanese arrested for working illegally in India to return: MOFA

The China Post--A total of eight Taiwanese arrested last week in India will be coming back to Taiwan in coming days after being ordered by an India court to be deported for illegally working in the South Asian country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

James Tien (田中光), director-general of MOFA's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told media yesterday that an India court ruled Tuesday the Taiwanese nationals were illegally working in India while holding tourist visas.

The court asked the eight to be deported back to Taiwan.

Taiwan's representative office in India is currently making arrangements so that the eight can return to their home as soon as possible, Tien said.

The eight Taiwanese, between the ages of 20 and 40, were holding valid tourist visas and were found working illegally as carpenters and painters in an under-construction palatial house when they were arrested on June 12, according to reports.

At court on Tuesday, Jogindenagar Judicial Magistrate Jia Lal Azad ordered the deportation of the eight Taiwanese nationals after finding them guilty of overstaying their visas and sentencing them to seven days in jail.

The court, however, set off their sentences against the imprisonment already completed since their arrest. They were each also asked to pay a NT$5,000 fine.

According to MOFA, the eight are all Buddhists visiting India for religious purposes.

They were arrested on the night of June 12 in a massive police crackdown. They were remanded in police custody until June 19.

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