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Suspects in cement murder case sent back to Hong Kong

TIP FROM FRIEND:An 18-year-old woman who had accompanied the men to Taiwan turned herself in to police on Sunday and told officers where to find them

Staff writer, with CNA

Three Hong Kong residents allegedly implicated in a grisly body-in-cement case in Hong Kong last month were deported from Taiwan yesterday afternoon, the Criminal Investigation Bureau announced.

The three, including the main suspect, a 26-year-old man surnamed Tsang (曾), were in handcuffs when they arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport under a police escort at 1:15pm.

They kept their heads down and did not answer any questions from waiting reporters.

The police handed them over to Hong Kong officials who were waiting on the jet bridge to a Cathay Airways plane and the group boarded the plane at 3:20pm.

The bureau said the trio entered Taiwan on tourist visas along with an 18-year-old woman, surnamed Ho (何), on March 11.

Ho turned herself in to Taipei City Police Department’s Wenshan Second Precinct on Sunday night, saying she feared for her life and wanted to return to Hong Kong to help with the investigation.

She told police where the trio could be found and the men were picked up in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) on Monday, while Ho returned to Hong Kong the same day.

The trio were said to have only NT$4,300 with them when they were detained.

The bureau said the men had told police that they hid in Taipei’s Songshan (松山) and Wanhua (萬華) districts and, planning to stay for a while, had rented an apartment through a friend.

After the police said the trio’s presence posed a public safety risk, the National Immigration Agency revoked their entry permits and expelled them.

Hong Kong was shocked after police investigating a missing persons case on March 29 found a badly decomposed body inside a cement-filled box in an apartment in the Tsuen Wan District.

The victim, 28-year-old Cheung Man-li (張萬里), was last seen entering the building on March 4. His girlfriend reported him missing two days later.

Hong Kong media reported that Tsang and other suspects in the case had fled to Taiwan.

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