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Updated 4:59 PM EDT, Fri, Oct 11, 2019

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China Slams Taiwan for Premature Release of Fraud Suspects

Taiwan releases 20 fraud suspects

(Photo : Getty Images:China Photo Press) The police said that suspects from Taiwan have been falsely posing as law enforcement officers to elicit money from people on the Chinese mainland through telephone calls.

Taiwan has received criticism from Chinese citizens prior to its self-ruled decision on releasing 20 fraud suspects a day after they were deported from Malaysia.

The police said that suspects from Taiwan have been falsely posing as law enforcement officers to elicit money from people on the Chinese mainland through telephone calls.

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Last month, there has been a coordination between Malaysian and Chinese police to investigate into the transnational telecommunication fraud where a total of 119 suspects were arrested which included 65 from the Chinese Mainland, 52 from Taiwan and 2 from Malaysia.

Executive Yuan spokesman, Sun Lih-Chyun spoke in defense of Taiwan saying that there was no legal reason to detain the suspects. He explained that the evidence was with China and not with Taiwan. He also said that Taipei has been communicating with Chinese associates to discuss the matter.

An Fengshan, Spokesman for the Chinese State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, did not welcome the decision saying that Taiwan had been apathetic towards the interests of many victims and has hurt them further by releasing the suspects. On top of that, An also urged them to immediately amend for their actions according to the office website.

Another Chinese mainland spokesman said on Saturday that Taiwan should give the fraud suspects the punishment that due is to them, emphasizing that discharging them will make fraud more prevalent and could only damage cross-Strait law enforcement cooperation.

Taiwan's cabinet said in an issued statement that they would not protect criminals from due punishment and they had already ordered the Ministry of Justice to gather enough facts for the investigation to follow.

On top of that, Taiwan's Justice Ministry sent a formal letter, requesting China's Public Security Bureau to cooperate with them by providing information on the crime.

On a separate note, China's Ministry of Public security also said that the Taiwanese people had an involvement in the telecom fraud in China.

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