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Taiwanese sex-change convict lost between women and men's prison

November 3, 2003

TAIPEI — Taiwan police are unsure whether to place a transsexual convicted of murder in a men's or women's prison, a report said Tuesday.

Cheng Hui-fang, 26, who underwent female-to-male surgery two months ago, was arrested on Tuesday after being convicted in absentia on murder charges and sentenced to an 11-year jail term.

But Cheng, the first trans-gender suspect arrested in a nationwide crackdown on organised crime, still holds an ID card which says he is a woman, causing a dilemma for police, according to the United Evening News.

The newspaper said police feared for Cheng's safety in a men's prison but thought he may be a danger to other inmates in a women's jail. –Sapa-AFP

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