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CIB, Chinese authorities join to arrest fugitives

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) cooperated with the Chinese public security department to arrest several fugitives who had been hiding in mainland China.

Prosecutors in Taiwan had issued arrest orders for a criminal suspect, surnamed Wang, in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Wang was accused of committing offenses related to tax collection, fraud and sex trading of minors.

The CIB worked closely with the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department to successfully make the arrest of Wang, who was repatriated back to Taiwan yesterday.

According to the CIB, Wang was a business owner and had been evading tax through fraudulent means since 2006. He also formed a gang with two other suspects to deceive several victims.

Another two suspects, both surnamed Chen, were also arrested recently through cooperation between the CIB and the Shanghai security department, and repatriated to Taiwan yesterday.

One of the suspects was charged with drug trafficking and offenses against public safety, while the other was charged with tax evasion. Local prosecutors issued two arrest orders for each suspect between 2005 and 2008.

The CIB stressed that authorities across the strait are determined to crush crime and that their efforts would not be restrained by borders. The “Cross-strait Joint Fight against Crime and Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement” will be strictly followed by authorities, to ensure the safety of lives and property of civilians, as well as maintaining social order, the CIB said.

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