UK court sides with Taiwan in extradition of Zain Dean, who used a friend’s passport to flee a hit-and-run

The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United Kingdom’s top court on Wednesday ruled in favor of Taiwan in the extradition case of fugitive Zain Dean, sending the case back to Scotland for a retrial.

Legal experts said that because Scotland’s High Court of the Justiciary refers to the U.K. Supreme Court’s verdict when making its own, the likelihood of the Taiwan government winning the case was very high.

Dean, a British national, absconded from Taiwan to Scotland after being handed a four-year prison sentence in July 2012 for hitting and killing a newspaper deliveryman.

But he fled the country in August that year, using the passport of a British friend. The ruse was particularly daring considering that Dean, who is of Indian heritage, shared little resemblance to Christopher David Churcher, who is white.

Last year, Scotland’s High Court of Justiciary rejected Taiwan government’s request for Dean to be extradited so he could serve out his jail term, ruling that Taiwan’s jails did not conform to European Union standards.