A new milestone for Taiwan–Eswatini judicial cooperation in criminal practices! The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) designated the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) to execute the transfer of convicts from the Kingdom of Eswatini to Taiwan. In the evening of March 17, 2022, two Taiwanese nationals were escorted from the Kingdom of Eswatini, a Taiwan's diplomatic ally, to complete the remainder of their sentences back in Taiwan.
In June 2015, Taiwan and the United States jointly established the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF). Japan and Australia joined the framework in 2019 and 2021, respectively. By hosting training courses on shared issues, links were established between each of these countries, building upon their shared values. Since 2018, when the GCTF was first included under the scope of law enforcement, the Bureau has hosted four workshops under this framework. These workshops have been attended by almost one thousand law enforcement officials from various countries, and substantially expanded our international participation efforts, deepening the friendship between Taiwan, the US, and our global allies.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) hosted 2021 Taiwan Western Asia Forum on Regional Security and Transnational Crime (TWAF) at Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza, Taipei, Taiwan on November 24, 2021. In order to keep the momentum of international relations going and enhance international cooperation in the post-pandemic era, the 2021 TWAF was held by online discussions with law enforcement officials and scholars from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Turkey, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, the U.S.A, Japan, and Australia. The opening ceremony was attended by ambassadors and representatives stationed in Taiwan, officials from MOFA, Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and National Security Bureau (NSB).
The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic this year (2021) has resulted in many countries closing down their borders. However, the pandemic has also led to new and more diverse types of criminal activity, as criminal organizations turn to new methods of money laundering in order to hide the financial gains from their illegal activities. The Bureau, in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA) and the Australian Office (AO) held the "2021 Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) - Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering" on the 26th of May this year, facilitating through an online conference a discussion over enforcement of anti-money laundering experiences. This workshop had the goal of enabling our Bureau to work together with global law enforcement agencies in order to fight crime, as well as strengthen information-sharing activities and international cooperation between the agencies.
To further facilitate knowledge exchange between government and academia and to deepen the academia-industry collaboration, the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) hosted "Cross-Strait Relations International Symposium 2021: The Development of Current Cross-strait Status: Challenges and Opportunities in the Taiwan Strait in 2021 & Beyond" at the MJIB on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. The symposium, conducted in English, focused on the cross-strait situation and discussed its relevant issues.
To strengthen Taiwan-US law enforcement cooperation and jointly combat corruption and money laundering crimes, on April 15, from 9 am to 11 am, Taipei time, the U.S. Department of Treasury's law enforcement agency—the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)—in cooperation with the Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of Justice, and other agencies, held the Online Seminar on Corruption and Money Laundering Prevention. The IRS' experts on criminal investigation and international lecturers shared their experiences with our law enforcement officers, described the Foreign and Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and spoke about cross-border money laundering, among other criminal practices, using actual cases of overseas bribery to explore criminal methods, violations of laws, financial investigation techniques, asset seizures, and court judgments, etc. Nearly 30 investigators attended the meeting.
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.