Zhushan police station, Nantou county, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A 28-year-old Filipino PhD student was arrested and handcuffed as a suspected runaway migrant worker on Saturday evening in Zhushan, Nantou county, Taiwan, despite the fact that he had been struggling in an effort to show the police officers his identification documents.

The victim of the erroneous arrest, who wished to remain anonymous, is pursuing a doctorate in Earth system science under the Taiwan International Graduate Program at Academia Sinica, Taiwan Apple Daily reported.

Over the weekend he was staying in Zhushan in order to gather samples for research. On Saturday evening while going out alone for dinner, he was ambushed by three police officers who were on an operation to catch one of two fugitive migrant workers.

According to The Liberty Times, the student resisted the arrest and tried to explain in English that he wished to take out his student visa. However, the fact that he continued to struggle reinforced the officers’ mistaken presumption that he was the fugitive they were pursuing.

The Filipino student was then handcuffed, shackled, grabbed by the throat and forcibly pushed into a police car.

He was immediately released at the police station after finally being able to produce the documents and his student identification checked out.

Zhushan police said an apology was issued to the affected man, and both parties have signed a reconciliation agreement.

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