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Dean likely to appeal extradition: source

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A runaway Briton who was convicted in Taiwan over a fatal hit-and-run in 2010 is likely to appeal a United Kingdom ruling that demanded he return to Taiwan to serve his sentence, a source said yesterday.

The Scottish secretary of justice upheld a decision by the Edinburgh Sheriff Court to extradite Zain Dean, a British citizen, to Taiwan to serve a jail sentence last Friday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

MOFA's Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs previously told local media that Dean has 14 days to appeal or be extradited.

Asked to comment on the latest development in the case, a diplomatic source who prefers to stay anonymous yesterday told The China Post that according to the latest information, Dean has yet to make a decision on whether to appeal.

However, the source said that considering Dean's past record (he exhausted all means available to him during his legal battle in Taiwan), it is “highly unlikely” that he will give up the chance to appeal the case in a higher court.

If Dean ultimately decides to appeal, Taiwan will continue to ask assistance from UK prosecutors to continue legal proceedings in the higher court in accordance with a Taiwan-UK memorandum of understanding signed in October 2013 that paved the way for Dean's extradition, the source said.

 Dean, former head of a British company's Taiwan office, was sentenced to four years in prison in July 2012 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, manslaughter and committing a hit-and-run offense.

 Using a friend's passport, Dean fled Taiwan the following month and later returned to the UK. He was arrested by police in October 2013 following a request from Taiwanese authorities.

 In a historic ruling made this June, a court in Scotland ruled that Dean should be extradited.

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