Arrest in Taipei killing

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 June, 2007, 12:00am

Taiwanese police have arrested a man allegedly involved in the killing of a Taipei county councillor in his office.

Wang Yao-kai, 24, who allegedly served as a go-between in the murder of Wu Shan-jeou in the northern county of Taipei last month, was arrested early yesterday in an apartment in Taipei city, police said.

He allegedly worked with two other suspects serving as gobetweens, police said. They had arrested the other two earlier this month.

The alleged gunman, identified by police as Lan Chia-wei, committed suicide by shooting himself after a gunfight with police, who tried to stop him during a routine check in the southern city of Chiayi on Sunday night.

Police said they were pursuing a man, identified as Wu Hsin-chung, who allegedly masterminded the cold-blooded murder in an attempt to stop the councillor from investigating and revealing a scandal concerning an illegal environmental cleanup business deal.

Wu reportedly fled to the mainland shortly after the murder, police said, adding the arrest of Wang should help verify Wu's role.

Wu Shan-jeou, of the opposition People First Party, died on May 23 after being shot four times.

The brazen, daylight murder of a city official prompted the government of President Chen Shui-bian to order an all-out hunt for the murderers.