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Net closing on Wu murder suspects

THE HUNT IS ON Police believe the key to unmasking the mastermind behind the city councilor's murder lies in arresting the suspected killer, who fled to China

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

National Police Agency Director-General Hou You-yi (侯友宜) confirmed yesterday that Taipei County Councilor Wu Shan-jeou's (吳善九) murder involved at least seven suspects and that police were working with their Chinese counterparts on the case.

"We are quite certain Wu Hsin-chung (吳信中) is the main suspect. Chinese police are helping us locate and arrest him, as he fled to China after the murder was committed," Hou said.

"In addition to Wu Hsin-chung, we are trying to determine who masterminded the plot. I believe arresting Wu Hsin-chung would help us find who was behind the plan," he said.

Hou made the remarks after he was asked by reporters to comment on the latest developments in the case. The murder took place at Wu Shan-jeou's Sindian (新店) office on May 23.

A gangster from Banciao (板橋), Taipei County, the 36-year-old Wu Hsin-chung has a record of criminal activity in Banciao and Jhonghe (中和).

In addition to Wu Hsin-chung, police were also after a key suspect in the case -- the alleged gunman, surnamed Lan (藍).

"We have determined that Lan is still in Taiwan and hiding somewhere in the south. We are quite confident of finding his whereabouts very soon," Hou said.

Hou said the investigation had shown that the crime involved at least seven suspects. Two scooter thieves, whose jobs were to steal scooters and license plates for Lan, are in police custody. Police are still looking for Wu Hsin-chung, Lan, the mastermind and two others.

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