A Taiwan man’s fine for leaving quarantine is revoked because he was kidnapped by debt collectors.
TAIPEI, Taiwan – When Taiwanese authorities believe a man violated mandatory quarantine rules, he acted swiftly to issue a fine of $ 3,500.
But in an epidemic-era twist on a classic case of mistaken identity, it was revealed that the man, surname Chen, did not violate the rules at all.
He was actually kidnapped by debt takers.
Mr Chen returned from Hong Kong in late October and was undergoing a two-week quarantine at a friend’s house in the central city of Nantou when a group of debt takers showed up one night, the Ministry of Justice in Taiwan said. The men mistook Mr. Chen for his friend, who gave him the money, then beat and abducted him.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice reached the telephone on Tuesday, saying that the kidnappers brought Mr. Chen back to his friend’s house after being held for several hours. His father reported the kidnapping to the police, and Mr. Chen was arrested and fined $ 3,500 for violating quarantine rules.
Later, local authorities, investigating the situation, found that Mr. Chen had been forced to leave his quarantine premises against his will and agreed to save the fine.
He said that this was the first time the penalty related to the virus had been canceled.
Taiwan has imposed a fine of tens of thousands of dollars on those who were found to be violating their mandatory quarantines, About $ 33,000 for a man Joe went out one night last year to go clubbing.
According to a Ministry of Justice spokesperson, the borrowers have not yet been caught.
In other global developments:
Prime Minister Yoshihida Suga Japan Said on Tuesday that A. emergency situation In Tokyo and nine other provinces will be extended for a month. 7. Mr. Suga stated that the health care system was tense even when the new infections subsided from their peak last month.