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Zain Dean denied release on bail by Scotland high court

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A high court in Scotland yesterday rejected a bail request by Zain Dean (林克穎), a British national who was convicted over a deadly hit-and-run in Taiwan.

In March 2010, Dean killed a newspaper deliveryman while driving under the influence of alcohol. Dean, an ethnic Indian, was sentenced to four years in prison, but managed to flee Taiwan using the passport of a Caucasian colleague.

The bail hearing held yesterday lasted for about one hour. This is the sixth time that Dean has requested release on bail since his arrest in October. Dean filed bail requests three times at a district court in Edinburgh. He was rejected, however, for not using his own passport.

Dean's lawyer argued in court that Taiwan and Britain do not have diplomatic ties, and that the agreement between the two countries to extradite Dean is not legally enforceable. The attorney also said that Taiwan's justice system is not equitable. However, these arguments were not accepted by the judge.

After arriving in Britain under his colleague's passport, Dean was arrested by local police while staying in Edinburgh. After several hearings, an Edinburgh court ordered that Dean be detained based on the ruling by Taiwanese authorities.

Many in Taiwan found it incredible that he was able to use a passport bearing a photo of a person who looks very different.

A court hearing on Dean's extradition is scheduled to convene in January next year. Sources said it is unlikely that Dean will file another request for release on bail.

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