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The evolution and patterns of organised crime in Taiwan are closely connected to developments in mainland China, and - to a lesser extent - in Hong Kong and Macau. The lifting of martial law and the democratisation starting in 1987, accompanied by the reduction of border controls, were followed by a rapid rise of organised crime in Taiwan and an influx of firearms and other contraband. While Taiwan's Criminal Code does not provide any specific offences for conspiracy, Taiwanese courts have developed a doctrine of co-conspiracy which expands accessorial liability. Taiwan's Organised Crime Control Act 1996 is seen by many as a failure and reports published in Taiwan and by outside observers generally agree that the Act is not much more than a toothless statute. So far, the criticism has centred specifically on the absence of a permanent, specialised enforcement agency, the lack of powers to conduct undercover investigations.

Keywords: Criminal Code; Organised Crime Control Act 1996; Taiwanese courts



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