The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–A convicted criminal who was on the run in Vietnam for over a year was departed back to Taiwan last month, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said yesterday. The convict Chen Kuen-lung (陳昆龍) was placed on a wanted list in 2010 after he failed to report to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office to begin his four-and-a-half-year jail term for violating the guns control act as well as for drug abuse. Chen fled to China by boat after paying human traffickers NT$300,000 and had lived in Fujian and Guangxi provinces before he was supposed to serve in prison term. He then moved to Vietnam a year ago, according to the CIB. The 44-year-old convict continued to engage in illegal activities in the Southeast Asian country and was recently arrested by Vietnamese police.

The CIB agents in Vietnam later confirmed that Chen was a wanted person in Taiwan. Chen was deported back to Taiwan on April 26 through cooperation between the CIB and the Vietnamese immigration bureau, the CIB said.