Sun, Aug 12, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Representative to Finland seeking to meet with detained Taiwanese woman

NO CONTACT Sheng Pei-huang's requests to see the woman, who is suspected of killing her three children, have been rejected because she is a citizen of Finland

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Taiwan's representative to Finland said on Friday that he would persist in his requests to meet with a Taiwanese woman detained on suspicion of murdering her three children in suburban Helsinki.

Sheng Pei-huang (申珮璜) said that his requests to see the woman had been rejected on the basis that she is a citizen of Finland.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the woman was originally from Kaohsiung, although the ministry has not been able to locate and contact any of the woman's relatives.

Sheng said Finnish media had reported extensively on the murders since last Sunday.

However, Finnish authorities have not made public any details of the case, including the suspected motive for the killings.

Sheng said that the woman, who he identified only by her maiden name of Fu (), had married a Finnish man more than 10 years ago.

Fu later divorced her husband, who was then awarded custody of the couple's eight-year-old twin daughters.

Fu was awarded custody of a one-year-old son.

The twin daughters are believed to have been visiting their mother during their summer vacation.

Sheng said Fu and her children had attended Dragon Boat Festival activities for Taiwanese expatriates in Finland in June.

He said there are around 60 Taiwanese expatriates in Finland, most of whom are women married to Finnish men.

Sheng described the Taiwanese in Finland as a community with frequent contact between the expatriates.

Sheng said that Fu's Taiwanese acquaintances had been contacted since the killings.

None reported having observed any unusual behavior on Fu's part, Sheng said.

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