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Investigation into death of diplomat ongoing after year

Staff writer, with CNA

Nearly one year after a Taiwanese diplomat was found stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic, the incident remains under investigation, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday.

The ministry has been in contact with police in the Dominican Republic and expressed hope that the case would be solved as soon as possible, said Florencia Hsieh (謝妙宏), deputy director-general of the ministry’s Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs.

Police in the Caribbean country have questioned several possible suspects in the death of 55-year-old Julia Ou (區美珍), but have not found a suspect whose DNA matches evidence from the scene, Hsieh said.

The local police are still looking for possible suspects as the investigation continues, she added.

“We have also offered to provide DNA testing expertise to help solve the case,” but the Dominican Republic declined the offer, she added.

During a visit to the Dominican Republic in December last year, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (林永樂) told Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina that Taiwan was willing to provide forensic assistance and that he hoped the case could be solved as soon as possible, Hsieh said.

Ou was found stabbed to death at her home in Santo Domingo on April 17 last year, after she failed to show up for work at the Taiwan embassy.

She had served for more than one year as a second secretary at the embassy and was responsible for overseas compatriot affairs.

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