British fugitive appeals ruling on extradition to Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-08-15 12:11 PM
London, Aug. 14 (CNA) Zain Dean, a British national who fled Taiwan after being convicted in a fatal hit-and-run case, on Thursday appealed a court ruling on his extradition to Taiwan. In the appeal filed by his lawyer, Dean challenged Taiwan's legal status, argued that his trial in Taiwan was unfair and said that serving time in a Taiwan prison would put his life in danger. The appeal will be heard in a higher court in Edinburgh, where Dean resided before being detained last fall. No dates have been set for the trial. Dean, who was head of a British company's office in Taiwan, was sentenced to four years in prison in July 2012 for killing a newspaper delivery man while driving under the influence of alcohol. Using a friend's passport, Dean fled Taiwan the following month. On June 11, Sheriff Kenneth Maciver of the Edinburgh Sheriff Court ruled that Dean should be extradited to Taiwan to serve his sentence. Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish secretary of justice, approved Dean's extradition on Aug. 1. (By Jennifer Huang and Y.F. Low)
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