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Taiwan presses Dominican government to solve murder

Santo Domingo.- A Taiwan legislative committee on Wednesday adopted a resolution to freeze some of Tapei’s financial aid to the Dominican Republic, to prod its authorities to step up the effort to solve the murder of a Taiwanese diplomat in Santo Domingo more than three years ago, reports  from Taiwan’s capital.

“Legislator Lin Yu-fang submitted the resolution to freeze around US$600,000) of the budgeted aid while his Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee was screening next year’s budget for Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the outlet said

“He said the move was intended to get the Caribbean country’s attention because the murder of Julia Ou, an overseas compatriot affairs official at Taiwan’s embassy in Santo Domingo who was found stabbed to death in her apartment in April 2012, remains unsolved.”

According to the outlet, Lin said Chen Shih-kuei, head of the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, told legislators at an earlier hearing that the Dominican authorities were not actively trying to solve the case, prompting the resolution.

“By freezing some of the financing for Taiwan-Dominican cooperation projects, Lin said, the Legislature hoped the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could pass on the lawmakers’ discontent in the hope Dominican authorities would put more of a priority on the investigation.”

“Under the resolution, the Legislature will release the frozen NT$20 million in funding when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs receives a positive response from its Dominican counterpart and makes a special report to the legislators,” the outlet said in the report signed by P.C. Tang and Lillian Lin.

Source: DT

Oct 21, 2015

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