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Detained Filipino murder suspect to arrive in Taiwan Monday

2019/03/15 21:24:20

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Taipei, March 15 (CNA) A Filipino man who allegedly killed two other Filipino crew members on board a Taiwanese fishing ship in the Indian Ocean last month will be returned to Taiwan next week, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Friday.

The suspect will arrive in Kaohsiung Monday on board CGA vessel Hsun Hu No. 8, which was dispatched to aid the Wen Peng, the boat on which the killings occurred Feb. 20, when it was operating about 1,540 nautical miles from the Mauritian capital of Port Louis.

He will be handed over to the Pingtung District Prosecutors Office for investigation, according to the CGA.

The man is alleged to have killed two Filipino crew members over an argument, while two Indonesians were also seriously injured in the knife attack.

The Hsun Hu No. 8 went to the rescue of the Pingtung-registered fishing ship March 9, taking control of the vessel and detaining the Filipino suspect who had been left alone on board Wen Peng.

After the CGA vessel arrived, it placed the two deceased crew members on ice on the Wen Peng, and transported the two men injured during the attack to a hospital in Sri Lanka.

The Wen Peng had 24 crew members, who were forced to jump overboard after the attack. Thirteen were rescued, but six remain missing, presumed dead.

(By Kuo Tzu-hsun and Flor Wang)