Taipei-- The number of Taiwanese fraud suspects deported to China from Indonesia has been confirmed as 18 not 22 as initially reported, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday night.
In an update on the incident, the ministry cited information provided by Taiwan's representative office in Indonesia, saying that 18 Taiwanese were part of a total of 143 telecom fraud suspects deported to China from the Southeast Asian country, where they were recently arrested in an extensive crackdown.
Taiwan's representative office in Indonesia protested the decision by the Indonesian authorities to deport Taiwanese to China, according to a statement issued by the office.
"Four other Taiwanese suspects are still in Indonesia (under investigation)," said ministry spokeswoman Eleanor Wang (???).
Earlier on Thursday, the ministry issued a statement, expressing "serious concern" and "deep regret" over the deportation of 22 Taiwanese to China.
Despite Taipei's request that they be sent to Taiwan to face justice, Indonesia still deported them to China, saying Beijing had provided information that helped break the case, according to the ministry.
On Thursday, 143 fraud suspects were put on two China Southern Airlines flights to Chengdu and Tianjin, the ministry said.
They were among suspects arrested during raids in four locations in Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali and Batam on July 29 for alleged involvement in telecom fraud, it added.
There have been several cases in recent years in which Taiwanese nationals arrested overseas for alleged involvement in telecom fraud have been deported to China, with Beijing arguing that the victims were all Chinese nationals or that it provided information that helped crack the cases.
Before Thursday's deportations, the most recent example was three Taiwanese nationals arrested by the Cambodian authorities in July for alleged involvement in telecom fraud and were deported to China on July 29.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel