Kenyan police deported the Taiwan nationals this month along with several Chinese citizens, all reportedly under investigation for telecommunications fraud.
Chinese police said Wednesday it was charging the 77 suspects in connection with a “criminal syndicate led by Taiwanese,” whose members blackmailed victims in China by posing as criminal investigators over the phone.
The Taiwan resolution, put forward by the Foreign Affairs Committee, condemned China for “forcibly abducting 45 citizens from Kenya,” and was supported from all sides of the Legislative Yuan.
Kenya does not recognise Taiwan, but does have diplomatic relations with China. Beijing does not recognise the government of Taipei, and pressures other countries not to do so either.
Foreign Minister David Lin said Taipei had prior jurisdiction over the deported Taiwan nationals even if charges were brought against them in China.
He also said close attention would be paid to the case of five more Taiwanese up for judgment in Nairobi on June 6.
Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs office said Taipei could in principle send a delegation to check on the detainees, but that it was not convenient to do so at this time, according to Hsu Yung-ming, legislator of the New Power Party.
In Nairobi, lawyers for the 45 Taiwanese have filed charges against the Kenyan authorities for contempt of court, illegal detention and illegal cooperation with Chinese officials in the deportations, dpa was told Tuesday by Antonio Chen Chun-hsien, director of West Asian and African affairs at Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry.