An amendment allowing courts to prosecute overseas telecom fraud has passed its initial review at the Legislature.
Under the current Criminal Code, Taiwanese courts can only handle domestic telecom fraud cases. This means that that Taiwanese nationals held for telecom fraud overseas are not held accountable if they are repatriated.
According to Vice Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang, the amendment will allow Taiwan’s courts to prosecute fraud suspects arrested abroad using the same standards used in local fraud cases. If charged, repatriated fraud suspects will be sentenced to one to seven years in prison and receive a fine of up to NT$1 million (around US$32,000 USD).
Source: Radio Taiwan International