Three vil­lagers killed close to DPRK bor­der

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO YI­NAN zhaoy­i­nan@chi­

Three Chi­nese cit­i­zens were con­firmed dead in a city bor­der­ing the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea on Wed­nes­day, but au­thor­i­ties failed to ver­ify me­dia re­ports iden­ti­fy­ing DPRK army de­sert­ers as the sus­pects.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the slay­ing of a 55-year-old man sur­named Zhao, his 26-yearold daugh­ter and an­other man, sur­named Sun, 67, in Shiren vil­lage, the He­long city gov­ern­ment in Jilin prov­ince saidonSi­naWei­boonWed­nes­day. The in­ci­dent was re­ported to po­lice early Satur­day morn­ing, it said.

Bei­jing-based Global Times re­ported that three sol­diers flee­ing the DPRK were sus­pects, cit­ing the Repub­lic of Korea broad­caster KBS.

If the re­port is con­firmed, it would be the third deadly attack in China’s cities bor­der­ing the DPRK.

A run­away sol­dier from the DPRK killed four Chi­nese cit­i­zens dur­ing a rob­bery in the vil­lage of Nan­ping, north of the Tu­men River over­look­ing the DPRK’s North Hamky­ong prov­ince, on Dec 27, prompt­ing Bei­jing to lodge a diplo­matic protest to Py­ongyang. On Sept 3, a DPRK cit­i­zen crossed the bor­der and killed a Chi­nese fam­ily of three in the same vil­lage.

Chi­nese public se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties will look into the case with the DPRK’s as­sis­tance, as the two sides have agreed to a bi­lat­eral ju­di­cial as­sis­tance treaty, said Hong Daode, a crim­i­nal law pro­fes­sor from China Uni­ver­sity of Po­lit­i­cal Science and Law.

But he said the sus­pects— if con­firmed by theDPRK— will not be put on trial in China since the treaty did not in­clude clauses de­tail­ing ex­tra­di­tion.

Vic­tims’ fam­i­lies could face dif­fi­cul­ties ask­ing for com­pen­sa­tion from theDPRK, and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment will not be re­spon­si­ble to cover the money, he said.

He said the se­ries of in­ci­dents re­veals se­cu­rity loop­holes in places bor­der­ing the DPRK.

China and theDPRKshare a 1,300-km bor­der, with more than 1,200 kilo­me­ters on a shared wa­ter­way.

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