CIB and Thai authorities team up to catch alleged embezzler
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) recently apprehended a fugitive with the help of Thai authorities.
October 16, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
The fugitive, surnamed Hsieh, left Taiwan last year after his company discovered that he had embezzled approximately NT$60 million. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest.
Hsieh, a dual citizen of the Republic of China and New Zealand, was able to evade investigators by using his two passports interchangeably across countries in Southeast Asia.
After analyzing his travel and phone records, investigators concluded that Hsieh may have been hiding in Thailand. The CIB contacted police in Thailand and New Zealand to launch a joint investigation, forwarding Hsieh's information to Interpol.
With the help of Thai police and immigration authorities, as well as the New Zealand Embassy in Thailand, investigators learned on Sunday, Oct. 13 that Hsieh was about to arrive in Thailand via Sri Lanka and were therefore able to successfully apprehend the fugitive.
Taiwan and Thailand signed a crime-fighting agreement this year in January, signifying a milestone in the two countries' police cooperation.
So far, there have been several successful fugitive arrests because of the pact.
The CIB said that it will remain in close cooperation with law enforcement authorities abroad, stressing that it will work hard to bring all criminal suspects to justice.