Taiwan asks Switzerland to help detain British fugitive
Central News Agency
2013-02-07 11:25 PM
Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) The Ministry of Justice confirmed Thursday that it has requested Swiss judicial authorities to help apprehend a British fugitive who fled Taiwan after being convicted in a fatal hit-and-run accident here.

Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Shou-huang told CNA that according to information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zain Dean, the convict who was given four years in prison on drunk driving charges by Taiwan's High Court in July 2012, is now hiding in Switzerland.

Based on past cooperation between the two countries, Chen said the Justice Ministry has requested Swiss judicial authorities help detain Dean and return him to Taiwan to serve his sentence, although the two countries have yet to sign an accord of mutual judicial assistance. Dean fled Taiwan to Britain last August on the passport of a British friend shortly before he had to start serving the jail term in September for killing a newspaper delivery man while driving under the influence of alcohol in Taipei in 2010. Taiwan's prosecution issued a warrant for his arrest in January this year.

On Feb. 1, the British fugitive put forward four conditions to bargain his return to Taiwan, which were flatly rejected by Taiwan's authorities. (By P. C. Tsai and Flor Wang)

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