Taipei-Taipei prosecutors obtained court approval Tuesday to hold two Filipino suspects in a cash robbery incommunicado, following their arrest the previous day at Taiwan's main airport as they tried to reenter the country.
The two suspects were on a police list of five Filipinos wanted in connection with the theft of 300,000 Japanese yen (US$2,760) in cash at the 2017 Taiwan Jewelry and Gem Fair last November in Taipei.
The money was in handbag of a Japanese jewelry trader, who was attending the fair, police said.
By the time investigators managed to identify the five suspects in the robbery, they had already left Taiwan, but were then put on a wanted list, according to police.
On Monday, immigration authorities informed police that two of the five suspects had entered Taiwan again, and the pair was arrested at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, police said.
During interrogation at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office Monday, the two Filipino suspects confessed to stealing the money, the Taipei District Court said in its ruling on prosecutors' request to hold the suspects incommunicado.
The court said it was approving the prosecutors' request, based on evidence that the suspects had engaged in aggravated theft and the likelihood that they would flee, collude with the other three suspected accomplices, or destroy evidence.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel