Japanese officials recently revealed that police in China have detained two former students on the allegations that they were involved in the 2002 murder of a married couple in Oita Prefecture. The two suspects, whose names have not been revealed, are now aged 33 and 35, but over a decade ago they students studying abroad in Japan, and are said to have left the country abruptly after the victims were killed.
Satoshi Yoshino, a 73 year old construction company chairman, and his wife were slain in 2002 in southwestern Japan’s Oita. Three other Chinese suspects, who were also students at the time, have already been tried and convicted for being involved in the killings, and are now in prison. The two suspects now in Chinese police custody are known to have been associated with the rest of the group, and left Japan via the Fukuoka airport, which resides in Oita’s neighboring prefecture.
The only issue that prevents the wanted suspects from being brought to justice in Japan is the fact that there is no criminal extradition treaty with China, meaning it is expected that the pair will be charged under Chinese law. While the two former students have had warrants for their arrest issued in Japan, it is unclear at this point how the Chinese authorities found them, or if they were directly participating in an investigation.
[via Japan Times]
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