It could take years to extradite British drunken driver: envoy
By Joseph Yeh ,The China Post
December 24, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan will maintain its efforts to extradite British national Zain Dean, who was convicted for killing a man in a drunk driving accident in 2012, back to Taipei to serve his jail term as soon as possible, Taiwan's top envoy to the UK said yesterday.
During a legislative session yesterday in Taipei, Shen Lyushun (沈呂巡) said that the extradition hearing on Dean is scheduled for Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 next year.
But it could take as many as one to three years before the British national can finally be sent back to Taipei because it might be a long legal process and Dean could continue to appeal the case, the envoy said.
Dean fled Taiwan in August 2012, shortly before he was due to begin serving a four-year prison term for the 2010 death of a newspaper delivery man in Taipei in a drunk driving hit-and-run accident.
In October, Scottish police arrested Dean and he was detained on the ruling of an Edinburgh court. He was arrested after a memorandum of understanding covering his extradition to Taiwan was signed in October with the UK.
Last Wednesday, a Scottish court rejected a bail motion by Dean. It was the third time the court rejected such a motion from him.
Shen said yesterday that Dean's lawyer repeatedly argued that Taiwan's judicial authorities are not eligible to seek Dean's extradition since Taiwan does not have formal diplomatic ties with the UK.
The court, however, did not accept the argument and ruled that Dean be remanded in custody.
“Justice has been served,” Shen said, adding that the court's decision is a preliminary triumph on Taiwan's part.