Mon, Jul 02, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Wu case not closed: family

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) and the family of murdered Taipei County councilor Wu Shan-jeou (吳善九) refused yesterday to back a police declaration on Friday that the case was now closed.

"Since police were unable to arrest the main suspect, who allegedly fled to China, or find the pistol used in the killing, police cannot say the case is closed," Chou said at a memorial ceremony for Wu yesterday morning.

Chou said Wu's family told him in a telephone conversation that they did not agree with the police's contention that the case had been solved.

Police had yet to discover the motive for the killing as well, Chou said.

Chou said that police must use cross-strait communication channels to request that their Chinese counterparts speed up their efforts to track down suspected mastermind Wu Hsin-chung (吳信中), whom police believe fled to China a couple of days after the May 23 assassination.

Wang Yao-kai (王耀凱), 24, suspected of playing an intermediary role in the murder, was arrested in Taipei last Tuesday, one day after the alleged gunman, Lan Chia-wei (藍家偉), committed suicide following a gun battle with police.

Wang told police the pistol fired at the councilor had been hidden in Ilan County by Lan after the crime. Police were unable to find the weapon.

Wang told police that Lan was the gunman. He also said Wu Hsin-chung was the mastermind behind the murder and that he had paid him and Lan to commit the killing.

Wu Hsin-chung and some of his friends were involved in environmental clean-up businesses and the murder may have been connected to those businesses.

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