Police yesterday continued to raid the offices of GP Deva, a local cosmetics manufacturer, looking for evidence related to the murder of Taipei County councilor Wu Shan-jeou (吳善九), but refused to confirm rumors that Huang Chin-chun (黃錦春), one of the company's board members, was the alleged mastermind behind Wu's assassination.
Wu was gunned down in cold blood in his Sindian office by a lone gunman on May 23.
"I can only tell you that we have collected a lot of evidence. If we can apprehend Wu Hsin-chung (吳信中), who allegedly paid the killer to murder Wu Shan-jeou, we should be able to solve the case," said Wang Yu-kang (王毓綱), vice commissioner of the Taipei County Police Department.
Wang was approached for comment after the Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday reported that police had discovered that Huang may have been behind the killing because of debts and animosity between Wu Shan-jeou and himself.
The story claimed that after checking Wu Hsin-chung's cellphone records and bank accounts, the police discovered that Wu Hsin-chung had close connections to Huang, most notably that Wu Hsin-chung is the boyfriend of Huang's daughter.
Police also discovered that Wu Shan-jeou invested NT$40 million (US$1.2 million) in a business deal with Huang in 2004 to open GP Deva's Shanghai branch.
Huang then assigned a financial clerk to Shanghai, but this irritated Wu Shan-jeou as he wanted full control of the branch.
The business relationship was then terminated, but GP Deva was prevented from opening a second branch in China because Wu Shan-jeou possessed the rights to the company's logo there.
Wang said the police were quite confident that the case could be closed very soon.
"We have collected what we need. But we need more statements from suspects to corroborate the evidence that we have. Arresting Wu Hsin-chung is now our prime objective," Wang said. "We are waiting for more information on Wu Hsin-chung's whereabouts from police in China."
Police discovered that Wu Hsin-chung allegedly paid Lan Chia-wei (藍家偉) to kill Wu Shan-jeou. However, Lan shot himself with his own pistol after a gunbattle with police in Taipei on June 24.
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