The United States and Taiwan are in talks on an extradition treaty which they aim to sign next year, Washington’s top envoy to the island was quoted Friday as saying.
Taiwan’s judicial authorities have said they hope to sign the treaty to bring to justice at least 75 fugitives hiding in the United States. Surely, the U.S. also has an agenda for signing an extradition treaty with Taiwan as well.
On the list of fugitives is former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian’s family doctor Huang Fang-yen, who fled to the United States in 2008 during a probe into his suspected role in Chen’s corruption case.
Another high-profile runaway is tycoon Wang You-theng, who faces up to 30 years in prison for allegedly embezzling a record 73 billion Taiwan dollars (2.35 billion U.S.).
Washington has remained a key ally and leading arms supplier to the island despite switching diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.
Currently, Taipei and Washington cooperate in legal matters by sharing relevant information and evidence under a Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement.
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