Thu, Jul 03, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Robbers murder businessman in China

By Sandy Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Less than a week after a Taiwanese family of three was killed in Shanghai, another Taiwanese businessman was found murdered in China on Tuesday.

Wu Hsien-chang (吳憲昌), a technical consultant at a hardware manufacturing company in Dongguan, Guangduong Province, was found dead in his dormitory room in Dongguan on Tuesday morning.

Confirming the tragedy, the Straits Exchange Foundation yesterday asked its Chinese counterpart to hunt down the killers as soon as possible.

"Please mobilize all relevant agencies as soon as possible in order to bring the killers to justice," the foundation said in a letter to the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS).

The murder of Wu brought the official tally of Taiwanese murdered in China since 1991 to 62.

In light of the increase in murders of Taiwanese businesspeople in China, foundation Deputy Secretary-General Jan Jyh-horng (詹志宏) yesterday called on Chinese authorities to strengthen its public order as well as engage in negotiations with Taiwan in order to better protect the safety of businesspeople and their families.

Dongguan police have begun investigations into the suspected robbery-murder case after Wu's family agreed to have an autopsy performed on his body.

Foundation Deputy Secretary-General Yin Wan-ching (顏萬進) said that Wu's family had already arrived in Dongguan and identified his remains.

"Their only desire now is to bring all those involved [in murdering Wu] to justice as swiftly as possible," Yen said, adding that the foundation had also asked the Taiwan Business Association in Dongguang to provide assistance to Wu's relatives.

Chang Han-wen (張漢文), president of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce in Dongguang, said it's widely believed that Wu was murdered by intruders who wanted to burgle his home.

"Wu had a sum of 400,000 renminbi (NT$1.3 million) in cash at home because he was renovating his house and wanted to buy a new car," Chang said. "Whoever committed the crime must therefore be someone who was close to Wu and knew that he had a large sum of cash with him at home."

The money was missing from the murder scene, Chang said.

Wu had been in China for only two months. His wife and their eight-month-old son live in Taiwan.

According to the initial investigation, Wu was suffocated with a pillow.

Given the fact that Wu practiced judo, Chang said that there must have been more than one killer involved in his murder.

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