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Suspected killer's family to support her in Finland

LONG WAY FROM HOME The Taiwanese-born woman's father said his daughter had divorced her Finnish husband in March last year and had custody of their son

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Three family members of a Taiwanese-born woman likely to be charged with murdering her three children in Espoo, Finland, will travel to Finland today, family sources said on Saturday.

The woman's father, uncle and brother will assist with her case and hire lawyers to defend the woman, identified only by her maiden name, Fu ().

Local media and Finnish police have not revealed a possible motive for the killings or other details, but the online version of the Helsingin Sanomat daily yesterday cited Fu's lawyer and police as saying that she did not deny killing her children, twin girls aged eight and a boy almost two years of age.

The daily said the court would set Oct. 24 as the deadline for filing charges against Fu.

Fu's father said he was shocked by the tragedy, and that he could not believe that his daughter, who had pursued advanced studies in Britain, had committed any crime.

Her family said Fu worked at a post office and maintained close contact with her family in Kaohsiung City.

Fu's father said she often chatted with him by telephone.

"My daughter is a brave and strong-willed woman. She never mentioned any [of the challenges she faces] in her daily life. We didn't know about her distressing plight [alleged domestic violence] until a Finnish pastor contacted us after the tragedy," Fu's father said.

He said that Fu divorced her husband in March last year. Fu secured custody of their son, but custody of the twin daughters went to their father.

Sheng Pei-huang (申珮璜), Taiwan's representative in Finland, said on Friday that Finnish police had turned down repeated requests to visit Fu because she is a Finnish national.

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