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.
At the beginning of October (2019), the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office received information on the allegations that Taiwanese drug traffickers were transporting large amounts of heroin stashed in containers from Vietnam. Under the co-command of Anti-Drugs Department Chief Prosecutor Li Wan-Ling, and Prosecutor Wang Chao-Hung, the Southern Mobile Team of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) and Coast Patrol Corps 5 of Fleet Branch (hereinafter referred to as "Coast Patrol Corps 5") jointly conducted investigations along with the task force consisting of Kaohsiung City Police Department Lingya Precinct and the Kaohsiung Precinct, Aviation Police Bureau. On October 16, 56 heroin bricks (with a gross weight of 21kg) were seized at Wharf No. 70, Port of Kaohsiung. Two suspects surnamed Yang were arrested with a warrant. After the investigation, it was discovered that a large number of drugs were on its way to Taiwan from Vietnam. The drugs were traced back to their source. The International Operations Division of the MJIB notified the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department of the Vietnam Customs. On October 21, 446 heroin bricks (gross weight of 169kg) were seized in Ho Chi Minh City. The gross weight of heroin seized within and outside the borders of Taiwan was 190kg, which could be consumed by 19 million people, making this the largest heroin case seized through cooperation between Taiwan and Vietnam.
The Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) received a report of a fraud server established by a telephone scam ring led by a man surnamed Huang in Taoyuan City.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) is hosting 2019 Taiwan Western Asia Forum on Regional Security and Transnational Crime on November 12 to 13 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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 2018, the MJIB Taichung City Field Division received a report, which claimed that Zhong and Xue, leaders of a fraud organization, recruited a number of young members to commit telecom frauds abroad. The Division immediately reported it to Prosecutor Zhang Sheng-chuan of the Ai Section of Taichung City Prosecutors Office, who directed the investigation. The investigation found that Zhong’s fraud organization has set up fraud servers in different countries across Europe, Asia and America, all of which targeted the public in Mainland China. In response, the MJIB Taichung City Field Division, MJIB Economic Crime Prevention Division, and MJIB International Operations Division established an investigation task force. The task force has conducted long-term exchanges, analyses and comparisons of intelligences from different countries, and tracked the whereabouts of fraud organization members. Through MJIB’s overseas liaison officers and National Immigration Agency’s immigration liaison officers, the task force contacted and collaborated with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when the fraud organization members entered the US. Based on the intelligence provided by the task force, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), CBP, and the California police successfully uncovered the organization’s US server and extradited a total of 19 members back to Taiwan on June 16 and July 21 this year (2019). Prosecutor Zhang Sheng-chuan of the Taichung City Prosecutors Office also immediately issued an arrest warrant to the task force, which executed the arrest at the Taoyuan Airport. Along with the Taoyuan City Field Division, Central Mobile Team, and the Technological Crime Investigative Task Force Section under the Taichung City Government Police Department, the task force simultaneously conducted searches in the residences and accommodations of the organization members. Evidences of the fraud including mobile phones, computers, and performance distribution charts were seized. 3 luxury cars, including a Maserati, a Ferrari, and a BMW owned by the main suspects Zhong and Xue were also uncovered and seized. On the other hand, the request for detention of the 19 members, including Ke, has been approved after second questioning.
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.
In December, 2018, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) actively reported the attack on its T-Express mobile ticketing system by a hacker to the Taipei City Field Division of MJIB. The hacker purchased one ticket from Nangang to Taipei at the fare of NT$40 and immediately canceled the ticket. When applying for refund, the hacker tampered with the parameter of the system's refund amount column, changing it to NT$200,000, all in order to deceive the system into carrying out the transaction. Fortunately, the back-end accounting system of THSRC identified the anomaly and promptly suspended the refund.