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Two suspects detained in abduction killing
Central News Agency
2014-08-25 08:26 PM
Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) Two suspects involved in the death of a Taichung-based businessman were arrested Monday by police in Pingtung and Yunlin counties, southern Taiwan, respectively.

A 31-year-old suspect identified only by his family name Lin and another, surnamed Cheng, have been taken in by ploice from Taichung for questioning.

The businessman, Shih Chia-chin, was confirmed dead late Sunday after being missing for a week following an abduction apparently carried out by his personal chauffeur with the help of two or three accomplices, police said. The decomposing body of the 57-year-old man was found in an mountainous area of Tainan City, southern Taiwan, following his abduction early Aug. 18, when he returned to Taiwan from a trip to the United States and was picked up by his chauffeur at the Taiwan Taoyaun International Airport, according to the police.

Local newspapers identified the chauffeur as Hsieh Yuan-hsin, a 39-year-old who has worked for the businessman for more than four years. Instead of being taken home, Shih told his family to transfer NT$30 million (US$1 million) into a bank account designated by his kidnappers, police said. His family completed the transfer before calling the police later that day, without knowledge of the victim's whereabouts, according to the investigators. The police used surveillance cameras to determine that the chauffeur had two accomplices who abandoned Shih's Mercedes-Benz in Tainan that same day. It took the police two more days to find the victim's body, which had been dumped in the remote mountainous area. Hsieh then fled to Thailand using a relative's passport on the night of the abduction after failing to withdraw the ransom money from the designated account. The victim, who made a fortune from the online gambling business, became a billionaire by investing in real estate and operating hypermarkets both at home and abroad. (By Chen Shu-fen, Jay Chen and Flor Wang)

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