Taipei--The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday summoned Spain's representative to Taiwan for the second time in a month to make its position clear on the deportation of some 218 Taiwanese fraud suspects in Spain.
Since last December when Spain arrested a group of 269 fraud suspects -- 218 Taiwanese and 51 Chinese nationals -- Taiwan has been seeking the return of its citizens for investigation and trial but Spain last Friday decided that they would all be sent to China, with which it had carried out a joint operation to make the arrests.
In his meeting Monday with Spain's representative to Taiwan Jose Luis Echaniz Cobas, Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Chih-chung (???) said Taiwan was deeply concerned about the decision.
Wu asked that the Spanish government respect the wishes of the Taiwanese suspects and send them home after completing its judicial process.
It was the second time that MOFA had summoned Echaniz on the issue since the suspects were arrested last December.
A court in Spain is expected to make a ruling on the matter in early March.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel