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Government offers help in Caribbean murder case

CASE GROWING COLD:The stabbing of Taiwanese diplomat Julia Ou in the Dominican Republic has remained unsolved in part due to a lack of technology

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (林永樂) recently offered to help with the investigation into the murder of a Taiwanese diplomat in her apartment in the Dominican Republic in April, a case that has remained unresolved for more than seven months, a ministry official said yesterday.

During a recent trip to the country, one of the nation’s diplomatic allies in the Caribbean, Lin raised the nation’s concerns over the case when he met Dominican President Danilo Medina, Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs director-general James Wu (吳進木) told a press conference.

Wu said Lin told Medina that Taiwan was willing to assist local police in conducting DNA tests to help solve the murder if the Dominican Republic does not have adequate technology, which has reportedly been one reason for the slow investigation.

Medina has promised Lin that the police will track down the murderers as quickly as possible, Wu said.

Julia Ou (區美珍), 55, a secretary working in overseas compatriot affairs, was found stabbed to death at her home in Santo Domingo in April.

Wu said that police in the Dominican Republic have found fingerprints they believe may lead them to the killers, but they have no direct evidence pointing to the murderers.

Ou was reportedly knocked unconscious by burglars with stones outside her apartment before she was dragged into her home and stabbed to death.

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