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Briefing Room

MAC News Briefing Aug 06, 2009

  • Date:2009-08-06

Subjects:
  • The SEF is carrying out planning and arrangements regarding the judicial exchange delegation, with the heads and deputy heads of relevant competent agencies serving as delegation members
  • After the signing of the Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement, the mechanism for handling related matters has been established and both sides can contact each other any time through the liaison window

MAC Regular Press Briefing

  Briefer : Johnnason Liu, Deputy Minister
Date : August 06, 2009
Location : Taipei

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

The SEF is carrying out planning and arrangements regarding the judicial exchange delegation, with the heads and deputy heads of relevant competent agencies serving as delegation members

QUESTION: Will a SEF judicial exchange delegation make a return visit to mainland China in August? Will there be someone leading the delegation?

DEPUTY MINISTER LIU:

■ Following the signing of the “Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement,” a mainland Chinese delegation composed of officials responsible for maintaining the liaison window and for implementing the mechanism visited Taiwan in June to engage in informal talks and follow-up discussions.

■ To handle the issue concerning joint crime-fighting and judicial mutual assistance, the SEF is planning to invite the Judicial Yuan, the Ministry of Justice, the Criminal Investigation Bureau, the Coast Guard Administration and the Investigation Bureau to organize a delegation in August or September to travel together to the Mainland. In this regard, the SEF will work together with the relevant agencies to carry out planning and arrangements. Currently, according to the initial planning, the delegation will be headed by the SEF Deputy Secretary-General. We also hope that the heads and deputy heads of relevant competent agencies that have an understanding of the afore-mentioned issue will also participate.

After the signing of the Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement, the handling mechanism has been established and both sides can contact each other any time through the liaison window

QUESTION: On July 31 a Falun Gong practitioner Shao Yuhua— a Mainland spouse of Taiwanese people—returned to mainland China to visit relatives and was arrested. Will this incident be part of the discussions to be engaged in by the judicial exchange delegation in August? Will there be any prevention and solution measures set up to deal with similar problems involving human rights, religious criminals and family visits by Mainland spouses?

DEPUTY MINISTER LIU:

■ Both sides have continued all long to engage in joint crime-fighting, the exchange of criminal information and intelligence as well as judicial assistance. The MOJ has already begun to get involved in the process in its role as the Agreement’s liaison window.

■ When the case of Ms. Shao Yuhua took place, in addition to requesting the SEF to get in contact with the ARATS as soon as possible, the MAC rendered its assistance with a formal official document sent via the MOJ’s liaison window. Ms. Shao’s lawyer indicated that Ms. Shao has made contact with her husband today and has arrived in Hong Kong. She should be returning to the Taoyuan International Airport around evening.

■ Under the Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement, religious, military or political offenders are not considered subject to ordinary repatriation. With regard to Ms. Shao’s case, we do not regard her as a religious criminal in accordance with the ROC’s laws.

■ Since the said Agreement has been signed and the mechanism for handling related matters has been established, if any problem arises during the implementation process, both sides can get in contact through the liaison window and inquire about the direction of problem solving. That is, there is no need to wait for a face-to-face meeting before handling related matters. If, however, the matters involve overall aspects or require bilateral discussion, then possibly in this case a face-to-face meeting would be required for a mutual exchange of views.

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