• Taiwan protests Kenya deportations to China

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    TAIPEI: Taiwan protested Monday Kenya’s deportation of five Taiwanese citizens to China after they were acquitted of running a cybercrime cell last week, as relations with Beijing worsen under the island’s new president. Kenya’s actions are just the latest in a recent spate of deportations of Taiwanese to China, with Taipei accusing Beijing of “abducting” citizens from countries that do not recognize the island’s government. A Kenyan court on Friday acquitted 35 Chinese and five Taiwanese held in custody since December 2014 for allegedly running a cybercrime cell from an upmarket Nairobi suburb on the grounds that the prosecution had failed to prove their involvement. The group was accused of being involved in running an unlicensed telecommunication system and was engaged in organized crime — charges they had denied. Kenya deported dozens of Taiwanese in April also accused of fraud, after they had been cleared of charges. Observers read the deportation cases as a Chinese bid to pressurize Taiwan’s new Beijing-skeptic leader Tsai Ing-wen — who took office in May.

    AFP

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