A murder suspect fled to China from Taiwan. Now he is stuck in covid quarantine

A murder suspect who fled China after he allegedly shot a man in Taiwan on Monday is now “stuck” in hotel quarantine upon arrival in the coastal city of Xiamen – setting himself up for easy capture by authorities Has been doing.

Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) told CNN on Thursday that Taiwanese law enforcement agents have sought help from their Chinese counterparts to bring the suspected gunman back to the island.

Foreign tourists ranging from tourists to students have been banned from entering mainland China. Those allowed inside, as well as Chinese citizens, must undergo at least 14 days of centralized quarantine – and the same goes for fugitives.

According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA), the suspect alias Huang, who is 30, allegedly shot a 45-year-old man early Monday in New Taipei City.

According to local police, two bullets hit the victim on her neck and she was declared brought dead at a local hospital on Monday.

Meanwhile, Huang is accused of fleeing the scene in a silver car, which he was later accused of leaving in the parking lot of a shopping mall, CNA reported. The report said he then allegedly tried to cover his tracks by changing his clothes twice and using different modes of transport to reach Taoyuan International Airport, where he would return to mainland China around noon. boarded the plane departing for.

CNA reported that Huang is understood to be in quarantine at a hotel in Xiamen.

According to CNA, Taiwanese police are investigating the matter. The report said that China’s Ministry of Public Security has received an extradition request from the CIB.

In its reply to CNN, the CIB declined to comment on the progress of the extradition, citing ongoing talks with Chinese officials.

The suspect’s escape into China, first reported by Taiwanese media and later picked up by Chinese state media, caused a stir on Chinese social media. On China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo, two related Hashtags It has attracted a total of about 300 million views.

“(He) may avoid arrest by Taiwanese police, but he cannot escape mainland epidemic prevention and control measures,” said a top commentary on Weibo.

“Having reached the mainland, he would have been taken to quarantine as soon as he got off the plane!” Said another.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Zhu Fenglian, a spokesman for China’s Office of Taiwan Affairs, noted reports of the shooting, without giving any details. “We are currently verifying the details of the situation,” she said.

On Weibo, some users see the case as an opportunity to advance Beijing’s claim of sovereignty over self-governing Taiwan.

One popular comment said, “I hope the trial takes place on the mainland and the central government upholds justice for Taiwanese compatriots, so we can really benefit Taiwan and warm people’s hearts.” “

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Taiwan and China have in the past extradited suspects and convicted criminals to the Taiwan Straits. But with relations between Taipei and Beijing at its lowest point in decadesIt is not clear how Beijing will respond to Taiwan’s request this time.

Despite the Chinese Communist Party never ruling Taiwan, Beijing sees a democracy of 24 million people as part of its territory. For decades after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, hostility reigned between Beijing and Taipei, with trade, travel and communications largely cut off, and military conflict erupted.

But tensions began to ease in the late 1980s, and in 1990, the two sides signed the Kinmen Agreement, which allowed them to hand over each other illegal immigrants, criminal suspects and convicted criminals.

In 2009, Beijing and Taipei signed another agreement to institutionalize cross-strait crime fighting and mutual legal assistance, covering “drugs, trafficking, money laundering, fraud, corruption and other economic crimes”. Given.

Taiwan has since received 502 suspected criminals from China, according to data provided by Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice.

Past high-profile extradition cases have involved former Taiwanese judge Lee Dong-ying, who fled to China’s southern Guangdong province after being convicted of corruption in Taiwan, and Chen Yung-chih, a top wanted criminal. who was involved in at least five shootouts. island.

On the other hand, according to the island’s Ministry of Justice, China has received 21 people from Taiwan.

But relations between Beijing and Taipei have cooled since Tsai Ing-wen became Taiwan’s president in 2016 from the traditionally pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. And with it, the number of cross-strait extraditions has also declined.

In 2015, Beijing handed over 63 wanted fugitives to Taipei. The next year that number dropped to 17 and has continued to decline since then. Last year, only four suspects were deported from China to Taiwan.

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