The Investigation Bureau's Northern Mobile Team (hereinafter referred to as "the NMT") followed the instructions of "uprooting and cutting off supply" of the New Generation Anti-drug Strategy of the Executive Yuan as well as the investigation requirement of "tracing drugs to the source" of the Taiwan High Prosecutors Office, and joined forces with the relevant national agencies and the police force of Thailand to internationally track down a total of nearly 12 tons of ketamine in Taiwan and Thailand.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, many international collaborations have been put on hold. However, crimes related to COVID-19 have been surging. To share Taiwan's experience in epidemic prevention and expand international collaboration in law enforcement, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB), along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA) and Australian Office Taipei, organized a virtual workshop on October 28, the "2020 Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) - Workshop on Combating COVID-19 Related Crimes". The objective was to discuss how to tackle epidemic related crimes and disinformation.
In recent years, the abuse of synthetic drugs based on the stimulant cathinone has been increasingly rampant. The rapid cathinone testing kit, developed with patent by the Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Justice (MJIB), can quickly detect emergent synthetic drugs with cathinone content within seconds, thus improving the forensic capacity of first-level law enforcement officials and serving as an effective tool for fighting drug-related crimes.
Drug-related activities are universally acknowledged as a major type of crimes. In order to fight such crimes in cooperation with countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Justice (MJIB) invited the ambassadors of 7 such countries to Taiwan, including: Dilmei L. Olkeriil, Ambassador of the Republic of Palau to Taiwan; Limasene Teatu, Ambassador of Tuvalu to Taiwan; Neijon R. Edwards, Ambassador of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to Taiwan; Jarden Kephas, Ambassaador of the Republic of Nauru to Taiwan; Marcial Bobadilla Guillen, Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay to Taiwan; Willy Alberto Gomez Tirado, Ambassador of Guatemala to Taiwan; and Eny Yamileth Bautista Guevara, Ambassador of Hunduras to Taiwan.
A ransomware attack targeted an important energy company in Taiwan in May 2020. Apart from its internal servers and personal computers being hacked, the company experienced a significant impact on its operations as a number of files on the computers were being encrypted and couldn't be opened. Moreover, the company was being requested to pay hackers ransom.
The Judicial System of Taiwan and the Philippine teams up to deliver success! In collaboration with the Bureau of Immigration Philippines (BID), MJIB escorted criminal fugitive Du Kai-ling from Manila, the Philippines to Taiwan at noon on April 30.
In collaboration with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) escorted criminal fugitives Yang Wen-hu and Wang Yin-zhi from Los Angeles, U.S. to the Taiwan Taipei District Prosecutors Office, Taiwan in January and March this year (2020) respectively.
To investigate voter bribery, spreading of fake news, and other cases that affect the fairness of elections, the Investigation Bureau has established and deployed the "Two-in-One Election Investigation Program" and "Team for Processing Fake News that Impact National Security and Elections" and it established the "Fake news Prevention and Control Center" on August 8, 2019 to rapidly increase the capacity for investigating fake news, conduct active investigations to effectively deter the spread of fake news and prevent them from severely affecting the fairness of elections.
The trade war between the United States and China has led to the return of many Taiwanese businesses and the domestic investment environment is being reviewed once again. The stability of power supply and absence of power outages are primary concerns for Taiwanese businesses who seek to return and invest in Taiwan and they are major policies of the government.
In October 2018, the Investigation Bureau investigated two false messages that were intended to jeopardize the “nine-in-one” election. Former Deputy Chief Liu of the Kaohsiung Police Bureau Sanmin Second Precinct was involved in posting forged sanction letters with Tsai Ing-Wen’s name to specific chat group on Line with the intent to influence voters. Another man surnamed Zhu was involved in posting images on the “Han Kuo-yu fan group” on Facebook that threatened 7 legislators, including Hsu Chia-ching, Deputy Secretary-General of DPP, and Chao Tien-lin. These two cases were transferred to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office for reference and processing.