Seventy four males and 26 females belonging to a Taiwanese extortion gang operating from Colombo and the suburbs were deported to Taiwan today on Court order.
They are alleged to have extorted large amounts of money from wealthy businessmen in Taiwan by threatening them that they would be reported for money laundering. The businessmen asked to deposit the funds in designated Taiwan bank accounts.
At the inquiry which came up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Rashmi Singappuli, Simon Lee, Sectional Chief and Criminal Investigation Bureau Vice Chief Tang Weizhong of Taiwan and Elvis Leu of Taiwan Interpol Branch of the Crime Investigation Bureau were present in court to take the custody of the suspects.
The Taiwanese officials told the Magistrate that the suspects would be arrested on arrival in Taiwan and will be dealt with according to the laws of the country.
The investigations carried out by the CID had revealed that the suspects who had taken apartments on rent in Colombo 5, Rajagiriya and Battaramulla had operated from eight locations.
The suspects had initially hacked the email addresses of the wealthy businessmen in Taiwan and accessed information on their bank accounts. (T. Farook Thajudeen)
blurred vision Tuesday, 1 January 2013 05:22
Is it actually chinese or taiwanese? i'm confused
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