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No info on arrest of envoy's suspected murderer: MOFA

The China Post--The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said it has received no information from Dominican Republic authorities regarding the arrest of a prime suspect believed responsible for the killing of a Taiwanese diplomat earlier this year.

Taiwan's embassy in the Central American ally has been kept closely informed of the latest progress regarding the probe to the death of Julia Ou (區美珍), who was found murdered in the country this April, Florencia Hsie (謝妙宏) deputy director-general of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, told The China Post yesterday.

Several possible suspects were interrogated by Dominican Republic investigators, Hsie noted, but they have not found enough evidence to narrow down the suspect pool so far.

The official made the comments in response to a Chinese-language report yesterday that quoted sources as saying police in the Central American country have arrested a prime suspect in Ou's case.

The suspect is a janitor who previously worked in Ou's apartment. The person allegedly killed the envoy with a knife in a failed robbery attempt, the China Times said.

The Dominican prosecutors, however, have not found enough evidence to indict the suspect in question because of the country's lack of forensic science facilities, the report said.

Asked to comment, Hsie yesterday stressed that MOFA has not received related information as reported in the newspaper.

She noted, however, that Taiwan is more than willing to offer its forensic expertise to the diplomatic ally if it asks for assistance on the case.

The ministry is paying close attention to the case, Hsie noted, adding that Foreign Minister David Lin, who is currently visiting Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, will also express his concern over Ou's case during his meeting with Dominican officials.

The 55-year-old Ou, a secretary of the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission posted in the country, was found slain in her apartment in the Dominican Republic on April 16.

She was found stabbed to death in a bedroom of her apartment, where she lived alone in Santo Domingo, after having failed to show up for work and not answering phone calls.

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