Taiwan-Switzerland prisoner transfer pact takes effect

Taipei,  An agreement on the transfer of convicted and sentenced criminals between Taiwan and Switzerland took effect on Friday, according to a press statement issued by Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice (MOJ) on Friday.

The agreement was signed separately by Reto Renggli, director of the Trade Office of Swiss Industries, on Nov. 13 in Taipei, and by David Huang (黃偉峰), chief of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Switzerland, on Dec. 11 in Bern, the statement said.

“Citizens of the two countries who are sentenced to jail in each other’s territory may apply for repatriation to serve their remaining terms under certain conditions,” it said.

The measure conforms to human rights principles and allows the prisoners’ relatives to visit them more conveniently, it said.

The agreement was the product of three years of negotiations between the two sides and is the fifth such deal reached between Taiwan and a European country, after similar agreements were signed with Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark and Poland, the MOJ said.

To date, seven German, one British and one Danish convict have been transferred by Taiwan to their home country to serve out their sentences, according to MOJ data.

The number of Taiwanese prisoners repatriated home from these European countries was not immediately available.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a separate press statement that the agreement took effect immediately after signing.

The MOFA said it will continue to coordinate with the MOJ and other related agencies to expand mutual legal assistance with other countries.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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