Two Taiwanese convicts repatriated from China


TAIPEI–Two Taiwanese convicts, wanted for different crimes committed in 2003, were repatriated by Chinese authorities Wednesday, according to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

The two suspects, both listed as wanted by prosecutors’ offices in Taiwan since 2006, were recently arrested by police in China’s Guangdong Province, based on information provided by Taiwan under a joint crime-fighting agreement signed in 2009, the bureau said.

One of the men, surnamed Chiu, was wanted for robbery at the Wanhua branch of Hua Nan Bank in Taipei in 2003.

Chiu allegedly broke into a vault and stole a total US$883,66, in both US and Taiwan currency.

He jumped bail during the trail and was convicted and sentenced by the court in late 2005 to five years in prison.

The other man, surnamed Chou, was found guilty of being in possession of illicit drugs at his home in 2003 after he was caught using ecstasy in a pub in Kaohsiung, according to the bureau.