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The amendment would enable courts to hand down harsher penalties to smugglers such as those who lured Taiwanese to Cambodia, the MOJ said.
By Jake Chung / Staff writer, CNA
The Executive Yuan on Thursday approved changes to the Organized Crime Prevention Act (经明窚动防治條例) which will increase the prison sentence for people who try to encourage others to commit crimes or join a criminal organization outside of Taiwan to seven years and double the prison sentence. The maximum fine is up to NT$20 million (US$651,254).
Amendments to the act, which currently imposes prison terms of six months to five years for such crimes, should be submitted to the Legislative Yuan for review.
This reform will also make it easier for law enforcement agencies to take legal action against criminal organizations, in order to discourage people from engaging in illegal activities.
This document, together with the amendments made to the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act (總統副總統選舉罷免法) and the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法), would also be blamed by the people who have elections. – Crimes related to running for public office.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has said that the reform of the organized crime law will result in the courts handing out serious punishments to people who recruit others in the scheme of telephone fraud abroad – for example in Cambodia, after many crimes in the country. – sexual exploitation and labor, and organ harvesting.
The department says that regional officials will work with their foreign counterparts to investigate such crimes and arrest people.
On Saturday, prosecutors said they accused the five arrested people of hacking into their bank accounts, after luring them to their homes by promising them jobs that would give them money.
The Ciaotou District Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement that the detainees, including the leader of the gang, a 22-year-old man named Peng (彭), were on December 6 accused of violating the laws of organized crime, as well as the charges against them. personal freedom, resulting in physical harm and threats.
They are suspected of using fake job advertisements that promised high wages for easy work to lure people to an abandoned building in Kaohsiung’s Jiasian District (甲仙).
The job seekers were forced to stay there and were beaten if they refused or tried to escape, prosecutors said.
They were forced to give their phones, bank account details and personal information to members of the gang, who used them to launder money, prosecutors said.
This issue came to light on 25 Aug. The police immediately went to the building and arrested the five suspects.
Investigators said a job seeker in her 40s was allegedly shot with a gun, knocked unconscious and hit with a water pipe after she tried to run away.
He had written down the license plate of the car used by the kidnappers which he wanted to use to help police identify them, investigators added.
Some job seekers were burned with cigarettes, the police said.
Police freed the six inmates, seized handguns, pepper spray, handcuffs, iron bars, wire nails, account books and bank cards from the building, police said.
Peng was convicted of armed robbery two years ago, but went into hiding before being arrested and sentenced to seven years and 10 months in prison, police said.
Prosecutors said that after his confirmation, Peng was taken to prison immediately after his arrest.
The prosecutors said that they are looking for harsher sentences for the five prisoners.
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