Taiwanese Robbery Suspect Flees HK, Just Like Chan Tong-kai Case?|台版陳同佳案 台灣男子在港搶劫難引渡?


A robbery happened in Hong Kong on October when a Taiwanese man robbed multi-million dollar watches and fled back to Taiwan. As the two do not have a mutual legal assistance agreement, Hong Kong authorities have no way to arrest the suspect. ROC Justice Minister Tsai Ching-hsiang denied it's a "Taiwanese version of the Chan Tung-kai case" as the media put it-because he said Taiwan has legal jurisdiction and the case is being handled with dedication.


According to the South China Morning Post, a Taiwanese man with an air gun robbed a watch store in Tsim Sha Tsui on Oct. 6. He got away with two watches valued at NT$3.88 million and flew back to Taiwan that night. Taiwan and Hong Kong do not have a mutual legal assistance agreement, which means he remains a free man in Taiwan and Hong Kong can't ask Taiwan to arrest him. This seems to be the opposite of the Chan Tung-kai case, and many people are worried the man will not be brought to justice.

What is being reported by the media -- we will try to get a better understanding of what is being reported. Under Article 43 of our Laws and Regulations Regarding Hong Kong and Macao Affairs, if I am a Taiwanese person who commits a crime in Hong Kong -- we (Taiwan) have jurisdiction.

ROC Justice Minister Tsai Ching-hsiang says Taiwan has legal jurisdiction over this armed robbery case and under the Laws and Regulations Regarding Hong Kong and Macao Affairs, the Criminal Code applies to relevant offenses "for which the minimum penalty is imprisonment of three years or longer." Tsai also said in the absence of evidence, authorities may not be able to pursue the case.

So, this is why mutual legal assistance is important. If a foreign national commits a crime in our country, we will need to cooperate through mutual legal assistance to bring that person to justice.

The Hong Kong media is calling this judicial loophole a "Taiwanese version of the Chan Tung-kai case." Tsai denies this, saying Taiwan's attitude is completely different than Hong Kong's because it will pursue justice. According to reports, a special task force has been set up to investigate the case and the Criminal Investigation Bureau will act as Hong Kong's contact window in Taiwan.



台灣與香港沒有司法互助,現在衍生出爭議案件,據香港南華早報指出,一名台灣籍男子上月6號在香港涉嫌持空氣槍搶劫尖沙咀的鐘錶行,得手2支價值388萬元的錶,當晚隨即逃回台灣,由於台港雙方沒有司法互助機制以及引渡條例,嫌犯在台灣是自由人,港府無法要求台灣當局逮捕這名男子,引渡香港受審,宛如犯下箱屍命案的陳同佳的翻版,引起外界質疑,是否無法將他繩之以法。

法務部長 蔡清祥表示:「媒體報導看到的,那看到有我們就積極的去了解,那依照我們的港澳條例43條,那如果我是台灣人,在香港犯案,我們是有管轄權的。」

法務部長蔡清祥強調,這起搶劫案,我國擁有司法管轄權,因為根據港澳條例規定,台灣地區人民在香港犯最輕本刑3年以上有期徒刑,適用刑法,不過,沒有相關事證,可能增加辦案難度。

法務部長 蔡清祥表示:「所以這就是司法互助的重要性,如果發生外國人在本國發生的刑事案件,就要透過司法互助來共同合作,才能讓犯罪者繩之以法。」

對於台港形成的司法漏洞,港媒宣稱這是台版陳同佳案,但蔡清祥反駁,我方態度跟香港完全不同,會追溯犯罪行為,而據了解,台灣的檢、警已經組成專案小組,並由刑事局代表與港方接洽,要釐清全案事證。

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