A murder suspect fled to China from Taiwan. Then he got stuck in Covid quarantine


A murder suspect who fled to China hours after allegedly gunning down a person in Taiwan on Monday is now “trapped” in lodge quarantine upon arrival in the coastal metropolis of Xiamen — setting himself up for a straightforward seize by authorities.

Taiwanese regulation enforcement brokers have sought assist from their Chinese counterparts to return the suspected gunman to the island, Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) instructed CNN Thursday.

Foreign guests, from vacationers to college students, are largely banned from coming into mainland China. Those few who’re allowed in, in addition to returning Chinese residents, should endure no less than 14 days of centralized quarantine — and that goes for fugitives too.

The suspect, surnamed Huang, who’s in his 30s, allegedly shot a 45-year-old man early Monday in New Taipei City, in accordance to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA).

The sufferer suffered two gunshot wounds to his neck, and was pronounced useless at an area hospital later Monday, in accordance to native police, who realized of the taking pictures at about 8 a.m. native time.

Huang, in the meantime, is alleged to have fled the scene in a silver automobile, which he is subsequently accused of abandoning in the car parking zone of a shopping center, CNA reported. He then allegedly tried to cowl his tracks by twice altering his garments and taking totally different modes of transportation to attain Taoyuan International Airport, the place he boarded a airplane that left for mainland China round midday, the report stated.

Huang is known to be in quarantine at a lodge in Xiamen, CNA reported.

Taiwanese police are investigating the case, in accordance to CNA. The report added that China’s Ministry of Public Security has acquired CIB’s extradition request.

In its reply to CNN, the CIB declined to touch upon the progress of extradition, citing ongoing negotiation with Chinese authorities.

Clothes used by the suspect to avoid being tracked are displayed by the police. Photo courtesy of the police
The suspect’s escape to China, first reported by Taiwanese media and later picked up by Chinese state media, has brought about a stir on Chinese social media. On Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, two associated hashtags have attracted a complete of practically 300 million views.

“(He) can escape the arrest by Taiwanese police, but he can’t escape the mainland’s epidemic prevention and control measures,” stated a prime touch upon Weibo.

“After arriving on the mainland, he must have been taken away for quarantine as soon as he got off the plane!” one other stated.

In a news convention Wednesday, Zhu Fenglian, spokeswoman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, famous reviews of the taking pictures, with out providing any particulars. “We are currently verifying details of the situation,” she stated.

On Weibo, some customers see the case as a chance to advance Beijing’s declare of sovereignty over Taiwan.

“I hope the trial will be held on the mainland and the central government will uphold justice for Taiwan compatriots, so we can truly benefit Taiwan and warm people’s hearts,” stated one common remark.

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Taiwan and China have extradited suspects and convicted criminals throughout the Taiwan Strait in the previous. But with relations between Taipei and Beijing at their lowest level in many years, it stays unclear how Beijing will react to Taiwan’s request this time.

Beijing views the self-ruling democracy of 24 million folks as a part of its territory, regardless of the Chinese Communist Party having by no means ruled Taiwan. For many years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, animosity reigned between Beijing and Taipei, with commerce, journey and communication largely reduce off and army conflicts flaring.

But tensions started to ease in the late Eighties, and in 1990, the 2 sides signed the Kinmen Accord, which allowed them to hand over every others’ unlawful immigrants, felony suspects and convicted criminals.

In 2009, Beijing and Taipei signed an extra settlement that institutionalized cross-strait crime preventing and mutual authorized help, protecting “narcotics, smuggling, money laundering, fraud, corruption and other economic crimes.”

Since then, Taiwan has acquired 502 suspected criminals from China, in accordance to knowledge offered by Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice.

Previous high-profile extradition circumstances embody Taiwan’s former choose Lee Dong-ying, who fled to China’s southern Guangdong province after being convicted of corruption in Taiwan, and Chen Yung-chih, a prime needed felony who was concerned in no less than 5 shootings on the island.

China, then again, has acquired 21 folks from Taiwan, in accordance to the island’s Ministry of Justice.

But relations between Beijing and Taipei have grown frosty since Tsai Ing-wen from the historically pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party grew to become Taiwan’s President in 2016. And with it, the variety of cross-strait extraditions have additionally plummeted.

In 2015, Beijing handed over 63 needed fugitives to Taipei. That quantity plunged to 17 the subsequent yr, and has been on the decline ever since. Last yr, solely 4 suspects had been returned to Taiwan from China.

And this yr, as of September, not a single suspect has been extradited.

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