Taiwanese deported from Kenya 'suspected of fraud in China'

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 8:10 AM

The Kenyan government said the people were in Kenya illegally and were being sent back to where they'd arrive from. Kenya doesn't have official relations with Taiwan and considers the island portion of "one China", in line with the position of Communist Party leaders in Beijing.

A grouping of Taiwanese deported from Kenya to China after being acquitted in a cyber crime case are wanted for suspected fraud in China, the Chinese government said on Wednesday, in a case that's enraged Taiwan which has accused Beijing of kidnap.

The Kenyan government said the people were in Kenya illegally and were being sent back to where they'd come from.

Kenya doesn't have official relations with Taiwan and considers the island portion of "one China", in line with the position of Communist Party leaders in Beijing.

China'south Ministry of Public Security, in a statement released via the official Xinhua news agency, said Kenya had decided to deport thirty-two Chinese and forty-five Taiwanese to China, of whom ten had already arrived and another sixty-seven would land on Wednesday.

Taiwanese had been heavily involved in telecoms fraud in China and had caused enormous losses, with some victims killing themselves, the ministry said.

The grouping detained in Kenya had operated out of Nairobi and were suspected of cheating people out of millions of yuan across nine provinces and cities in China, and as most the victims were in China, they'd be prosecuted there, it added.

China had informed Taiwan of the situation and would invite Taiwan law enforcement executive to visit to discuss how best to tackle such fraud, the ministry said.

An Fengshan, spokesman for China'south Taiwan Affairs Office, said Taiwan needed to view the case rationally.

"The victims abhor this kind of fraud. I hope the Taiwan side can give more thought to the victims when it looks at this issue," he told a news conference carried live on Chinese television.

Influential state-run Chinese tabloid the Global Times said Kenya was right to send the people to China and that Beijing was in the right.

"The mainland'south handling of the case is supported by international laws," it said in an editorial.

China views Taiwan as a wayward province and hasn't ruled out the utilize of force to ensure unification. Defeated Nationalist forces fled to the island in one thousand nine hundred forty-ninth after the civil war with the Communists who have remained in control in Beijing since then.

Only twenty-two countries recognize Taiwan as the Republic of China, with most, including Kenya, having diplomatic relations with the People'south Republic of China, with its leaders in Beijing.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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