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Chinese murder suspect caught after 20 years on the run

Man accused of stabbing his brother-in-law to death was found working in cemetery in Inner Mongolia

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 November, 2016, 1:51pm
UPDATED : Monday, 12 June, 2017, 12:53pm

A man who spent 20 years on the run after allegedly killing his brother-in-law in northern China has been arrested, according to a news website report.

The man, whose full name was not given, was found working at a cemetery he owned and operated in Wuhai in Inner Mongolia, reported.

The suspect, a former tea merchant, was accused of stabbing his relative to death in Zhengzhou in Henan province after an argument outside his tea shop, according to the article.

He disappeared straight after the crime.

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Police looked for the suspect in many provinces, including Fujian, Hubei, Guangdong and Shaanxi. They turned their attention to Inner Mongolia after fresh clues suggested the man was there, the report said, without elaborating.

An undercover police officer called to the suspect in the cemetery using his real name and he responded without thinking. It led to his immediate arrest.

The suspect, 48, later told the police that as a fugitive he could not find a proper job and after spending all his money he had to make a living by working a morgue in a hospital.

After years of hard work, he earned enough money to build and own a large cemetery.

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He also became a philanthropist in Wuhai helping people in need of help and gave most of the money he earned to others, according to the article.

He was quoted as telling a police officer on the way back to Zhengzhou that he felt relieved to be caught after years of mental torture.