China sentenced 13 Taiwanese to prison for telecom fraud

Vastavam web: China sentenced 13 Taiwanese to prison today for telecom fraud following their extradition from Kenya, in a move likely to further sour cross-straits ties.The group was sentenced to between two and 15 years in prison and slapped with fines, the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court said on its official account on China’s Twitter-like Weibo.China and Taiwan split after a civil war in 1949 and Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign nation, but Beijing considers it a breakaway province that is part of its territory — a stance that most countries around the world recognise.

Taipei has in the past accused Beijing of “abducting” Taiwanese suspected of committing fraud abroad and taking them to China.The incident is the latest of several international deportations of Taiwanese suspects recently, and analysts see the cases as a Chinese bid to pile pressure on the Taiwanese leader.