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President calls for Taiwan-U.S. extradition treaty

ROC Central News Agency

08/10/07 20:52:27

By Lilian Wu

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou called Tuesday for the signing of an extradition treaty between Taiwan and the United States so that Taiwan criminals, especially economic criminals who have fled to the United States, could be brought back to face justice.

Ma made the remarks while receiving a delegation from the U.S. National Association of Attorneys General.

Ma expressed the hope that the delegation would help in this regard when they return to the United States, so that the U.S. Congress could formulate the relevant legislation to turn a new page in bilateral judicial cooperation.

He said that although the two countries have not signed an extradition treaty, Taiwan has worked with the U.S. to turn over U.S. suspects who had fled to Taiwan.

This relatively unbalanced situation has existed for a long time, the president said, expressing the hope that the signing of a bilateral extradition treaty will serve to repatriate Taiwan fugitives in the U.S.

Ma said that Taiwan has cooperated well with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in a "controlled delivery" approach, noting that drug mules traveling from Southeast Asia to the United States sometimes go via Taiwan or Japan.

When such drug traffickers are spotted passing through Taiwan's ports, the Taiwan police usually take no action, but instead allow the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to make the arrests and seize the drugs when the suspects arrive on the U.S. West coast, the president said.

The process has to be kept top secret and requires full cooperation, he added.

Taiwan has worked with the United States in this way for a long time, Ma said, adding that it would be even better if both sides signed an extradition treaty.

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