Court approves detention of Chinese speedboat driver

18 June, 2024

Courtesy of ICRT


The Shilin District Court has agreed to let prosecutors detain a Chinese national who entered Taiwan illegally after driving a speedboat into the Tamsui River mouth.


The 60-year-old man is considered a flight risk and could destroy evidence. He is under investigation on suspicion of violating the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area and the Immigration Act.

The man drove a nine-meter-long speedboat into a harbour near the mouth of the Tamsui River in New Taipei on 9 June. He was arrested by Coast Guard personnel shortly after... and he's since claimed he was trying to defect to Taiwan from China.


Local media cited unnamed sources as saying the man was seeking to defect because he had made some anti-Chinese government comments on online messaging apps.

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