Taiwan has accused China on Monday, of abducting eight of its citizens who it said had been acquitted in a cyber crime case in Kenya.
The Taiwanese government added that they were forcibly flown to China following their acquittal on fraud charges in Kenya instead of their home country.
It accused the Chinese authorities of “behaving in an uncivilised manner, leading to kidnapping as they took their nationals without prior information. Taiwan’s Foreign ministry disclosed that:
“This is an uncivilised act of illegal kidnapping and a serious violation of basic human rights, We are demanding the immediate return of the eight”,.
The eight civilians were reportedly among 23 Taiwanese nationals who were acquitted last Tuesday by a Kenyan court and given 21 days to leave for being part of a telephone crime circle that also included Chinese nationals. Taipei revealed that when they had gone to retrieve their passports from Kenyan police, they were seized and forced to board a plane by Chinese officials.
Taipei, President Ma Ying-jeou while presiding over a routine meeting on cross-Taiwan Strait and foreign affairs at the Presidential Office demanded Monday that China return eight Taiwan nationals who were sent from Kenya three days ago in connection with a phone fraud case in Nairobi.
The Island leader revealed that government has lodged a severe protest with Beijing and will do everything to protect its nationals. He ordered the Mainland Affairs Council to continue to communicate with the mainland side and demand the return of the eight.
He also instructed the Ministry of Justice to negotiate with its Chinese counterpart to deal with the issue. Since some Taiwan nationals are still in Kenya, the president ordered the concerned agencies to be mindful and desist from sending any more of Taiwanese from Kenya to China.
A total of 77 Chinese and Taiwanese were arrested for illegal entry and allegedly involved in telecommunications fraud toward the end of 2014. But recently, 23 Taiwan nationals, along with 14 Chinese, were acquitted of phone fraud charges April 5, but were ordered to leave the country in three weeks.
Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, which distrusts China, also added that China should send back their people and guarantee their legal rights.
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, which heads the relations with Taiwan, refused to comment on the issue. China’s Ministry of Public Security also declined to comment. But Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang when questioned during a regular news conference on Monday, noted that he needed to get full knowledge of the situation before commenting.
“But in principle, countries which follow the ‘one China’ principle are worthy of approval.”
Relations between China and Taiwan – self ruled Island which China sees as a breakaway province – are entering a rocky period as Taiwan’s pro-independence president, Tsai Ing-wen and his coalition came out victorious in the presidential and parliamentary elections in January.
Meanwhile of all the countries in the world, only about 22 countries recognise Taiwan, while others including Kenya, recognises one China policy – and that is the People’s Republic of China.
And as such, there could not have been any Taiwanese nationals in Kenya since the country does not recognise any country named as Taiwan. Kenya only knows that the defeated rebels who currently occupy the Chinese island of Taiwan had ran to the island in 1949 after a civil war with the Communists now in control in Beijing. But does not regard it as country of its own.
The alleged rebels do not have any bi-lateral relationships with Kenya and so their passports are invalid and cannot procure a Visa to enter Kenya.